Wonderfully Wicked facts

Wicked - Elphaba and Glinda
Wicked - Elphaba and Glinda

‘Are people born wicked or do they have wickedness thrust upon them?’

It’s a question that has endured, intrigued and caused debate for centuries, but at Milton Keynes Theatre, the fantastic stage production Wicked has been answering the question daily.

And, while the story has been captivating audiences, so too has the terrif ic set and amazing costumes.

We’ve had a rummage in the hard fact department and come up with a few Wicked moments of our own...

Wicked debuted on Broadway on October 30, 2003 and in London, at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, in 2006.

Both productions have since gone on to break multiple box office records.

Currently, nine productions of Wicked are active around the world – one on Broadway, two tours across North America, one each in Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Australia/New Zealand, the UK and Ireland and at London’s Apollo Theatre – it’s eighth year there.

Since that West End premiere more than 5.5 million people have taken a pew for the London production.

More than 38 million people have enjoyed the captivating adventure worldwide.

Award-wise, Wicked has scooped 90 around the world – including three Tony Awards on Broadway, and the UK’s Olivier Award for Most Pupular Show.

Elphaba’s Wicked Witch dress uses more than 40 yards of different fabric, and the skirt alone takes three weeks to construct!

There are nearly 50 layers of gathered ruffles in the skirt, 29 different fabrics in the bodice and 45 different fabrics in the skirt.

Glinda’s Bubble Dress is every bit as dazzling, with 45 petals in the skirt of the dress – each one taking three days to bead. Each petal takes one and a half days to hand sequin.

Twenty different types of sequins are used, and almost 100,000 sequins per costume.

That’s a lot of sparkle...

Shoe wise, this is a production that will be the envy of any shoe fetishist...319 pairs feature in each performance.

Wicked, starring Emily Tierney and Nikki Davis-Jones continues at Milton Keynes Theatre until Saturday, March 8, 2014.

To make a booking call 0844 871 7652 or visit atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes