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Wicked The Musical LondonWICKED, the award-winning West End musical that tells the untold story of the Witches of Oz, at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, London.

The winner of over 90 international awards, Wicked has cast its magical spell over audiences of all ages across the world for more than a decade and continues to be a record-breaking hit at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, where, in 2013, it has become the 16th longest-running West End musical of all time.

Based on the acclaimed novel by Gregory Maguire that re-imagined the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfill their destinies as Glinda The Good, and Elphaba the Wicked Witch of the West.

Full of thrilling technical wizardry, dazzling costumes, an ingenious and witty story and show-stopping songs (by multi Grammy® and Academy Award® winner Stephen Schwartz), Wicked is an unforgettable, enchanting experience that is not to be missed.

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WICKED ANNOUNCES SIXTH YEAR OF WICKED YOUNG WRITER AWARDS

Wicked Young Writer Awards 2015/16

• HRH Duchess of Cornwall extends patronage until 2020
• Author-illustrator Cressida Cowell returns as Head Judge
• Sixth Year of Prestigious Writing Awards
• New Category announced: FOR GOOD Award for Non-Fiction

WICKED, the award-winning classic musical that tells the incredible untold story of the witches of Oz, is proud to announce the sixth year of the prestigious WICKED YOUNG WRITER AWARDS, which this year introduces a new non-fiction category. Entries open 3 November 2015 and close 11 March 2016. Details can be found at www.WickedYoungWriterAwards.com.

Wicked is also delighted to announce that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall has agreed to extend her patronage for a further five years.

The Duchess of Cornwall said at the award ceremony in 2011, "I believe passionately in nurturing a love of reading and writing in children and young people of all ages. Reading is not only the start of a voyage of personal development and pleasure, but the foundation stone of all education."

‘How to Train Your Dragon’ author-illustrator Cressida Cowell is also returning to the judging panel as Head Judge. She said, "I am thrilled to be asked to be a judge for the second time. It is wonderful to be involved in an award which fires up the imaginations and confidence of these young writers. As an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust, I’m a real advocate of anything that gets young people reading and writing."

As in previous years, entrants can enter one of five different age categories; 5-7, 8-10, 11-14, 15-17, 18-25. In addition, the 2016 awards scheme marks the launch of the FOR GOOD Award for Non-Fiction, encouraging 15-25 year olds to write essays or articles that recognise the positive impact that people can have on each other, their communities and the world we live in. The new category celebrates the WICKED: FOR GOOD programme, which supports the charitable causes at the heart of the stage musical.

The Awards were created by the producers of Wicked in 2010, in collaboration with the National Literacy Trust and spearheaded by bestselling author Michael Morpurgo, to recognise excellence in writing, encourage creativity and develop writing talent in young people. Since launching, over 20,000 young people, aged between 5 and 25, have entered original and thought-provoking pieces of writing that consistently reflect the interests, concerns and deepest thoughts of young people, providing a first-look at the emerging voices of a new generation.

A shortlist of 120 entrants from across the UK will see their work published in the WICKED YOUNG WRITER AWARDS Anthology. They are also invited to an exclusive ceremony at London’s Apollo Victoria, home to the hit musical since 2006, where judges and members of the Wicked cast will announce who has won in each category.

Previous winners include Charlotte Carter (Winner, 15-17 Category, 2015) who said, "The support shown by everyone involved in the award is fantastic, I cannot thank them enough for the passion, the joy and the hope that they have inspired in me."

Sophie Max who was short-listed four times and won in 2012 said "I am forever grateful for the impact it had on me; in consequence I will always have writing as a part of my life."

Winner of the 18-25 Category Gregory Maguire Award 2014 Chris Pritchard has gone on to be published in a variety of journals and anthologies but his favourite part of the award was hearing the stories by the younger contestants!

Caitlin Jenkins, (Winner, 11-13 Category, 2010), said "The biggest thrill I had from the competition was seeing my writing in print, and of course meeting Michael Morpurgo the year I won."

The WICKED YOUNG WRITER AWARDS raises money for the National Literacy Trust, who campaign to improve public understanding of the vital importance of literacy. Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust will be returning as part of the judging panel.

Michael McCabe, Executive Producer (UK) of WICKED said, "All of us at Wicked are incredibly proud of this project and greatly indebted to Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, Michael Morpurgo and Cressida Cowell for their support. Their passionate commitment to encouraging creative writing and improving literacy standards amongst young people in the UK is an inspiration to us all".

Pieces of original writing can be submitted, either individually or as part of a school group, until 11 March 2016. The overall winners from each category will win a VIP family experience to the West End production of WICKED, including an exclusive backstage tour and cast meet-and-greet, £50 book/eBook tokens, plus £100 worth of books for their school library donated by Hachette Children’s Books. The individual school with the highest number of entries will receive a bespoke writing workshop at their respective school.

WEST END HIT MUSICAL WICKED EXTENDS BOOKING TO 5 NOVEMBER 2016

Savannah Stevenson as Glinda in the London production of Wicked. Photo by Matt Crockett.

500,000 NEW TICKETS ON SALE THIS MONDAY AT 10.00AM

NOW THE 9TH LONGEST-RUNNING SHOW IN THE WEST END AND THE 19TH LONGEST-RUNNING SHOW IN WEST END THEATRE HISTORY

WICKED, the classic West End musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is delighted to announce the opening of its 20th new booking period, on Monday 7 September 2015 at 10.00am, with over 500,000 new tickets going on sale for performances until Saturday 5 November 2016.

"Nine years since it first opened, Wicked still has packed audiences under its spell" (Metro) and, as it flies towards its landmark 10th Anniversary Year, it is set to become the 9th longest-running show in the West End following the final performance of The 39 Steps tomorrow (5 September 2015). Having recently surpassed the run of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Wicked is also now the 19th longest-running show in West End theatre history. Information verified by The Society of London Theatre.

Acclaimed as "one of the greatest musicals of our time" (Daily Mail) and "one of the West End’s best-loved shows" (OfficialLondonTheatre.com), Wicked has already been seen by nearly 7 million people in London alone and recently played its 3750th performance at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.

Wicked continues to be the top choice of UK theatregoers having won the Olivier Audience Award (twice); the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Night Out; a Visit London Gold Award; and nine What’s On Stage Awards including Best West End Show (twice) and Best Musical. The UK production has also recently been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor® and is the first ever UK stage production to be Reader Recommended by Good Housekeeping and Cosmopolitan magazines.

Around the world, Wicked has been seen by nearly 50 million people in 13 countries and won over 100 international awards. The original Broadway production remains "Broadway’s biggest blockbuster" (The New York Times) after nearly 12 years at the Gershwin Theatre.

Based on the international best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire that ingeniously re-imagined the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

Wicked has music and lyrics by multi Grammy and Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman, musical staging by Wayne Cilento and is directed by two-time Tony Award-winner and Olivier Award nominee Joe Mantello. Wicked is based on the novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ by Gregory Maguire.

Wicked is produced by: Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. Executive Producer (UK): Michael McCabe.

Apollo Victoria Theatre, Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1LG

DIRECT FROM BROADWAY, TOM McGOWAN JOINS WEST END HIT WICKED

DIRECT FROM BROADWAY, TOM McGOWAN JOINS WEST END HIT WICKED
U.S. STAR TO MAKE WEST END DEBUT AS THE WIZARD FROM 21 SEPTEMBER 2015

FULL NEW 2015/16 CAST ANNOUNCED

WICKED, the award-winning classic musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is delighted to welcome the American stage, television and film actor Tom McGowan to the role of The Wizard from Monday 21 September for a limited season until Saturday 12 March 2016. He will be making his West End debut.

Tom McGowan has been playing The Wizard in various North American productions of WICKED to great acclaim since 2009, including three separate engagements at the Gershwin Theatre on Broadway. His other Broadway credits include ‘Bessie’ in Harvey Fierstein’s Casa Valentina, directed by Joe Mantello; ‘Amos Hart’ in Chicago; Anton Chekhov’s Ivanov, adapted by David Hare and the original production of David Hirson’s La Bête (Tony® and Drama Desk Award nominations, Best Actor in a Play). Off-Broadway, he won an OBIE Award for his performance as ‘Otto’ in Nicky Silver’s The Food Chain. His many television appearances include recurring roles as KACL Station Manager ‘Kenny Daly’ in Frasier; ‘Bernie’ in Everybody Loves Raymond and ‘Joe’ in The War at Home; and guest starring roles in Veep; Modern Family; Desperate Housewives; Brothers & Sisters; CSI; Hot in Cleveland; ER and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Films include The Birdcage; Heavyweights; Ghost World; Bad Santa; As Good As It Gets; Bean; The Family Man; Twelve and Holding and Sleepless in Seattle.

Tom McGowan said: “I am thrilled to be invited to make my West End stage debut in WICKED playing the role that has been such a huge and fulfilling part of my career on Broadway and across North America at various times since 2009. I look forward to meeting and working with the amazing London cast.”

DIRECT FROM BROADWAY, TOM McGOWAN JOINS WEST END HIT WICKED
Executive Producer (UK) Michael McCabe said: “We are absolutely delighted that the wonderful Tom McGowan will be recreating his acclaimed Broadway performance as The Wizard in the West End production of WICKED, and we very much look forward to welcoming him to the Apollo Victoria Theatre in September.”

From Monday 21 September 2015, WICKED will star: Emma Hatton (Elphaba), Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), Oliver Savile (Fiyero), Liza Sadovy (Madame Morrible), Tom McGowan (The Wizard), Sean Kearns (Doctor Dillamond), Daniel Hope (Boq), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose), Natalie Andreou (Standby for Elphaba), Carina Gillespie (Standby for Glinda), Chloe Ames, Nicholas Collier, Laura Emmitt, Kerry Enright,
Oliver Evans, Freya Field, Joseph Fletcher, Rosie Fletcher, David Gale, Sergio Giacomelli, Sheila Grant, Chester Hayes, Lauren James Ray, Aaron Jenkins, Jasmine Kerr, Natalie McQueen, Billy Mitchell, Scott Monello, Kane Oliver Parry, Steph Parry, Julienne Schembri, Paulo Teixeira, Joe Toland, Hannah Toy, Russell Walker
and Helen Woolf.

Tom McGowan is appearing with the support of UK Equity, incorporating the Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange program between American Equity and UK Equity.

Acclaimed as “one of the greatest musicals of our time” (Daily Mail) and “one of the West End’s best-loved shows” (OfficialLondonTheatre.com), WICKED is now the 10th longest-running show in the West End and has already been seen by almost 7 million people in London and played over 3700 performances.

Wicked is produced by: Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. Executive Producer (UK): Michael McCabe.

Apollo Victoria Theatre, Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1LG

TOM McGOWAN joins London cast of Wicked as The Wizard

Wicked the MusicalDIRECT FROM BROADWAY, TOM McGOWAN JOINS WEST END HIT WICKED
U.S. STAR TO MAKE WEST END DEBUT AS THE WIZARD FROM 21 SEPTEMBER 2015
FULL NEW 2015/16 CAST ANNOUNCED

WICKED, the award-winning classic musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is delighted to welcome the American stage, television and film actor Tom McGowan to the role of The Wizard from Monday 21 September for a limited season until Saturday 12 March 2016. He will be making his West End debut.

Tom McGowan has been playing The Wizard in various North American productions of Wicked to great acclaim since 2009, including three separate engagements at the Gershwin Theatre on Broadway. His other Broadway credits include ‘Bessie’ in Harvey Fierstein’s Casa Valentina, directed by Joe Mantello; ‘Amos Hart’ in Chicago; Anton Chekhov’s Ivanov, adapted by David Hare and the original production of David Hirson’s La Bête (Tony® and Drama Desk Award nominations, Best Actor in a Play). Off-Broadway, he won an OBIE Award for his performance as ‘Otto’ in Nicky Silver’s The Food Chain. His many television appearances include recurring roles as KACL Station Manager ‘Kenny Daly’ in Frasier; ‘Bernie’ in Everybody Loves Raymond and ‘Joe’ in The War at Home; and guest starring roles in Veep; Modern Family; Desperate Housewives; Brothers & Sisters; CSI; Hot in Cleveland; ER and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Films include The Birdcage; Heavyweights; Ghost World; Bad Santa; As Good As It Gets; Bean; The Family Man; Twelve and Holding and Sleepless in Seattle.

Tom McGowan said: “I am thrilled to be invited to make my West End stage debut in Wicked playing the role that has been such a huge and fulfilling part of my career on Broadway and across North America at various times since 2009. I look forward to meeting and working with the amazing London cast.”

Executive Producer (UK) Michael McCabe said: “We are absolutely delighted that the wonderful Tom McGowan will be recreating his acclaimed Broadway performance as The Wizard in the West End production of Wicked, and we very much look forward to welcoming him to the Apollo Victoria Theatre in September.”

Savannah Stevenson & Emma Hatton Photo by Matt Crockett

Savannah Stevenson & Emma Hatton Photo by Matt Crockett

From Monday 21 September 2015, Wicked will star: Emma Hatton (Elphaba), Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), Oliver Savile (Fiyero), Liza Sadovy (Madame Morrible), Tom McGowan (The Wizard), Sean Kearns (Doctor Dillamond), Daniel Hope (Boq), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose), Natalie Andreou (Standby for Elphaba), Carina Gillespie (Standby for Glinda), Chloe Ames, Nicholas Collier, Laura Emmitt, Kerry Enright, Oliver Evans, Freya Field, Joseph Fletcher, Rosie Fletcher, David Gale, Sergio Giacomelli, Sheila Grant, Chester Hayes, Lauren James Ray, Aaron Jenkins, Jasmine Kerr, Natalie McQueen, Billy Mitchell, Scott Monello, Kane Oliver Parry, Steph Parry, Julienne Schembri, Paulo Teixeira, Joe Toland, Hannah Toy, Russell Walker and Helen Woolf.

Tom McGowan is appearing with the support of UK Equity, incorporating the Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange program between American Equity and UK Equity.

Acclaimed as “one of the greatest musicals of our time” (Daily Mail) and “one of the West End’s best-loved shows” (OfficialLondonTheatre.com), Wicked is now the 10th longest-running show in the West End and has already been seen by almost 7 million people in London and played over 3700 performances.

Wicked is produced around the world by: Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. Executive Producer (UK): Michael McCabe.

Apollo Victoria Theatre, Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1LG

Official UK website: www.WickedTheMusical.co.uk

Friday 31st July 2015

Wicked London cast change for 21st September 2015

  • EMMA HATTON AND SAVANNAH STEVENSON HAVE EXTEND THEIR CONTRACTS IN WEST END HIT WICKED
  • OLIVER SAVILE, SEAN KEARNS AND CARINA GILLESPIE JOIN THE CAST
  • CURRENT ENSEMBLE CAST MEMBER DANIEL HOPE TO PLAY ‘BOQ’
Savannah Stevenson & Emma Hatton Photo by Matt Crockett

Savannah Stevenson & Emma Hatton Photo by Matt Crockett

WICKED, the award-winning classic musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, have announced that the current stars, Emma Hatton (Elphaba) and Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), have both extended their contracts and will continue with the long-running hit into 2016.

Joining them from Monday 21 September 2015 will be Oliver Savile (The Phantom of the Opera; Les Misérables and the UK Tour of Cats as ‘Rum Tum Tugger’) as Fiyero; Sean Kearns (The Commitments; The 39 Steps; Billy Elliot The Musical) as Doctor Dillamond; current West End ensemble cast member Daniel Hope as Boq and Carina Gillespie, who played Nessarose (and the role of Glinda on many occasions) on Wicked’s multi record-breaking UK & Ireland Tour, as Standby for Glinda.

Oliver Savile

Oliver Savile

Also continuing are current cast members Liza Sadovy (Madame Morrible), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose) and Natalie Andreou (Standby for Elphaba). Further casting is to be announced.

Jeremy Taylor (Fiyero), Martyn Ellis (The Wizard), Steven Pinder (Doctor Dillamond, from 10 August 2015), Sam Lupton (Boq) and Sophie Linder-Lee (Standby for Glinda) will all play their final performances on Saturday 19 September 2015. Philip Childs makes his final performance as Doctor Dillamond on Saturday 8 August 2015.

Wicked is now the 10th longest-running show in the West End and has already been seen by almost 7 million people with more than 3700 performances.

Wicked was recently awarded a coveted Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor® and is the first ever UK stage production to be Reader Recommended by both Good Housekeeping and Cosmopolitan magazines. It also won the 2015 ‘This Morning’ Audience Award, presented by the Olivier Awards with Mastercard.

Around the world, Wicked has been seen by nearly 50 million people in 13 countries and won over 100 international awards. The original Broadway production remains “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times) after almost 12 years at the Gershwin Theatre.

Wicked has music and lyrics by multi GRAMMY® and Academy Award® winner Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman, musical staging by Wayne Cilento and is directed by two-time Tony Award® winner and Olivier Award nominee Joe Mantello. Wicked is based on the novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ by Gregory Maguire.

Wicked is produced by: Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. Executive Producer (UK): Michael McCabe. Apollo Victoria Theatre, Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1LG Official UK website: www.WickedTheMusical.co.uk

Saturday 18th July 2015

EMMA HATTON AND SAVANNAH STEVENSON EXTEND IN WEST END HIT WICKED

OLIVER SAVILE, SEAN KEARNS AND CARINA GILLESPIE JOIN CAST 21 SEPTEMBER

CURRENT ENSEMBLE CAST MEMBER DANIEL HOPE TO PLAY ‘BOQ’

WICKED, the award-winning classic musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is pleased to announce that the current acclaimed stars, Emma Hatton (Elphaba) and Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), have both extended their contracts and will continue with the long-running hit into 2016.

Joining them from Monday 21 September 2015 will be Oliver Savile (The Phantom of the Opera; Les Misérables and the UK Tour of Cats as ‘Rum Tum Tugger’) as Fiyero; Sean Kearns (The Commitments; The 39 Steps; Billy Elliot The Musical) as Doctor Dillamond; current West End ensemble cast member Daniel Hope as Boq and Carina Gillespie, who played Nessarose (and the role of Glinda on many occasions) on WICKED‘s multi record-breaking UK & Ireland Tour, as Standby for Glinda.

Also continuing with the show are current cast members Liza Sadovy (Madame Morrible), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose) and Natalie Andreou (Standby for Elphaba). Further casting to be announced.

Jeremy Taylor (Fiyero), Martyn Ellis (The Wizard), Steven Pinder (Doctor Dillamond, from 10 August 2015), Sam Lupton (Boq) and Sophie Linder-Lee (Standby for Glinda) will all play their final performances on Saturday 19 September 2015. Philip Childs plays his final performance as Doctor Dillamond on Saturday 8 August 2015.

Acclaimed as “one of the greatest musicals of our time” (Daily Mail) and “one of the West End’s best-loved shows” (OfficialLondonTheatre.com), WICKED is now the 10th longest-running show in the West End and has already been seen by almost 7 million people and played over 3700 performances.

WICKED was recently awarded a coveted Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor® and is the first ever UK stage production to be Reader Recommended by both Good Housekeeping and Cosmopolitan magazines. It also won the 2015 ‘This Morning’ Audience Award, presented by the Olivier Awards with Mastercard.

Around the world, WICKED has been seen by nearly 50 million people in 13 countries and won over 100 international awards. The original Broadway production remains “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times) after almost 12 years at the Gershwin Theatre.

WICKED has music and lyrics by multi GRAMMY® and Academy Award® winner Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman, musical staging by Wayne Cilento and is directed by two-time Tony Award® winner and Olivier Award nominee Joe Mantello. WICKED is based on the novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ by Gregory Maguire.

Wicked is produced by: Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. Executive Producer (UK): Michael McCabe.

Apollo Victoria Theatre, Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1LG

WICKED AWARDED 2015 TRIPADVISOR ‘CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE’

Certificate of Excellence winner 2015, by Trip Advisor®

CLASSIC MUSICAL RECOGNISED AS A TOP PERFORMING THEATRE PRODUCTION
AS REVIEWED BY TRAVELLERS ON THE WORLD’S LARGEST TRAVEL SITE

WICKED, the award-winning classic musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is proud to announce that the long-running West End production has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Award. Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great reviews on TripAdvisor. Certificate of Excellence winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire company of Wicked at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre. We’d like to thank all of the theatregoers who took the time to complete such fantastic reviews on TripAdvisor,” said Executive Producer Michael McCabe. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognised by our audiences and this accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence for the show and for the continued commitment to excellence from the cast, musicians and production team.”

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honour exceptional hospitality businesses that have received consistent praise and recognition by travellers on the site,” said Marc Charron, President, TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive increasing hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”

Acclaimed as “one of the greatest musicals of our time” (Daily Mail), “the Broadway hit has become one of the West End’s best-loved shows” (OfficialLondonTheatre.com) and is now the 10th longest-running show in the West End* and has already been seen by almost 7 million people and played over 3650 performances.

Wicked is also the first ever UK stage production to be Reader Recommended by both Good Housekeeping and Cosmopolitan magazines and was also recently awarded the 2015 ‘This Morning’ Audience Award, presented by the Olivier Awards with Mastercard. The coveted Audience Award is the only Olivier Award that is voted for by the theatregoing public. Wicked previously won the Olivier Audience Award in 2010.

Wicked is produced by: Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. Executive Producer (UK): Michael McCabe.

Apollo Victoria Theatre, Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1LG

Official UK website: www.WickedTheMusical.co.uk.

WICKED EXPANDS FOR GOOD PROGRAMME AND CELEBRATES 5TH ANNUAL WICKED YOUNG WRITERS’ AWARD

FIVE NEW CHARITY PARTNERS ANNOUNCED

EXTENDED PROGRAMME CHAMPIONS ANTI-BULLYING, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND THE IMPORTANCE OF FRIENDSHIP, DIVERSITY AND BEING TRUE TO YOURSELF

WICKED FOR GOOD

WICKED today celebrates and expands its FOR GOOD programme – the philanthropic scheme to give back to the causes at the heart of the production by announcing five new charity partnerships: Anti-Bullying Alliance, Cybersmile, The Helen Bamber Foundation, Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, and Stonewall Education For All. These partnerships complement FOR GOOD‘s two flagship events – the Wicked Young Writers’ Award and WICKED DAY in association with The Woodland Trust.

The FOR GOOD programme will see the classic musical fundraise by creating FOR GOOD branded merchandise and introducing opt-in donations with profits going directly to the charity partners.

Specific activity with each charity will also include; co-delivery of a WICKED themed anti-bullying workshop run with the Anti-Bullying Alliance as part of Kids Week, supporting and promoting the 10th anniversary of the Helen Bamber Foundation on Human Right’s Day in December, co-creation of resources with Stonewall to be distributed during Anti-Bullying Week, and supporting various events and campaigns like the recent Stop Cyberbullying Day for Cybersmile and Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity’s Big Hour Campaign in October. More information about the charities work can be found at www.WickedtheMusical.co.uk/ForGood.

WICKED FOR GOOD

The FOR GOOD announcement arrives on the same day that young writers across the UK are celebrated at the Apollo Victoria Theatre for the Wicked Young Writers’ Award – a nationwide writing competition currently in its 5th year. The Award celebrates creativity and originality in writing and is championed by patron The Duchess of Cornwall, and authors Michael Morpurgo and Cressida Cowell in support of the National Literacy Trust.

WICKED DAY is an international initiative which celebrates the musical across the globe every Halloween, and in the UK raises money and awareness for The Woodland Trust, last year raising over #17,000.

WICKED‘s UK Executive Producer Michael McCabe said:

“Wicked has always been proud to champion causes which resonate with the themes of the show, and today we’re delighted to formally welcome five new extraordinary charities into the FOR GOOD family. These charities care and campaign for some of the most marginalised and vulnerable young people and families in the UK, so it is a privilege for us to be able to collaborate with them and support their vital work.”

Lauren Seager-Smith, National Coordinator, Anti-Bullying Alliance, commented:
“We are delighted to work in partnership with Wicked. The show provides a unique opportunity to explore issues relating to difference, respect and friendship in a safe and creative space.”

Iain Alexander, PR and Partnerships Manager, Cybersmile said:
“We are very proud to be partnering with such a high profile production that takes the term ‘For Good’ as seriously as it does. Wicked has incredible messages of friendship and loyalty which we are excited about amplifying to our service users and subscribers.”

TJ Birdi, Executive Director, Helen Bamber Foundation, explained:
“We are thrilled to be part of Wicked’s FOR GOOD programme. Alongside psychological care, protection and welfare, our care also includes a creative arts programme, offering survivors the opportunity for artistic expression. It is wonderful to partner with such a fantastic production that knows how the arts can change lives. WICKED, we cannot thank you enough.”

Emma Haines, Director of Marketing and Fundraising at Rainbow Trust, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to be selected as a benefitting charity of Wicked’s For Good programme. This will have a huge impact for Rainbow Trust, enabling us to support more families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness. We are very excited about all the fundraising planned and about the creative workshops for our Family Support Workers to enhance their work with families.”

James Taylor, Head of Campaigns, Stonewall, remarked:
“We believe every young person should be able to enjoy learning, free from fear of bullying, and in an environment which celebrate difference and embraces diversity which is why we’re so proud to partner with Wicked – a production that beautifully celebrates being true to yourself.”

Get involved today at WickedTheMusical.co.uk/forgood

WINNERS OF FIFTH ANNUAL WICKED YOUNG WRITERS’ AWARD REVEAL YOUNG PEOPLE WITH A VOICE, CONSCIENCE AND AN AGENDA

Wicked Young Writers' Award

The 2015 Wicked Young Writers’ Award today announced its winners during a ceremony involving 120 shortlisted finalists at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, home of the multi award-winning classic musical WICKED.

Now in its 5th year, the Award, encourages young people aged 5-25 years old to use writing as a means of expressing themselves, celebrating the production’s themes and values of looking at life in a different way.

Each year, thousands of entries are received across five age categories, with the addition in 2015 of the Sugarscape Fan Fiction Award, a brand new category created by the entertainment website to celebrate the growing genre of fan fiction amongst young people.

The ceremony was hosted by Wicked stars Emma Hatton (Elphaba) and Savannah Stevenson (Glinda) with prizes presented by Award judge Cressida Cowell, best-selling author of the How to Train Your Dragon series of books.

Cast members also performed songs from the hit musical, as well as readings of the winning entries, which were revealed as: Harry Sample (age 6) from Cambridge for his story Wacky Tuesday; Kiersten Johnson (age 10) from London for her poem King Henry’s Wives; Anoushka Das (age 14) from Guildford, for her story The Orphanage; Lottie Carter (age 17) from Milton Keynes for her piece In The Beginning, There Was Light; and Luke Thomas (age 20) from London, winner of the Gregory Maguire Award for 18-25 year olds for The Starlight Staircase. The winner of the Sugarscape Fan Fiction award was Evie Buller (age 14) from Northamptonshire, for The Hunger Games – Alternative Ending.

Author Sam Gayton, a former entrant of the Award, led an interactive literacy workshop in which each finalist created a brand new piece of creative writing – a short story of just six words.

Amongst the 120 finalists this year are five children from Middlesbrough who have been shortlisted for the 5-7 age category. The five young wordsmiths sent in their own original stories after a special assembly at their school by local charity Iron Guidance in partnership with The Children’s University and arts and education company, Apollo Arts. Children were inspired by a live piano performance of one of the songs from the stage show Wicked.

Cressida Cowell said of the winners, “These stories and poems address vital concerns, the really big questions. War, mental illness, love and the forging of identity are just a few of the issues explored with clarity and imagination. As a judge, I was looking to be moved, amused, stimulated and entertained, and I was not disappointed.”

Wicked‘s Executive Producer Michael McCabe commented: “This has been yet another incredible year for Wicked Young Writers’ Award and the quality of the writing has been genuinely inspiring. Now in its fifth year, we were delighted to see entries from previous winners and entrants as well as a host of exciting new writers aged from 5 to 25. It has been a pleasure to work with Cressida Cowell, who joined us this year as a judge, and we also welcomed a number of new partners such as The Children’s University and Centre for Literacy in Primary Education who have enabled us to broaden awareness of the award and generate even more young writers.”

Championed by Patron Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, judges also included Michael McCabe, Executive Producer of Wicked, Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust, and Henry Smith, Director of Lend Me Your Literacy.

Finalist entries for the 5-7, 8-10, 11-14 and 15-17 age-categories are published in the special 2015 Wicked Young Writers’ Award Anthology. The 18-25 age category and the Sugarscape Fan Fiction finalists are both available as a downloadable pdf from the Award website.

The Award ceremony will raise funds for the National Literacy Trust.

Discover more at www.wickedyoungwriters.com.