Monday saw the triumphant return of Willemijn Verkaik, as she reprises the iconic role of Elphaba in the West End musical phenomenon, WICKED. To celebrate Willemijn Verkaik’s comeback to the Apollo Victoria Theatre, take a look at this featurette, showcasing her spellbinding history with the show, from playing the role in four different countries to her experience in London’s West End.
Was the infamous Wicked Witch of the West really wicked, or the innocent victim of a corrupt regime?
When Dorothy famously triumphed over the Wicked Witch, we only ever heard one side of the story. Gregory Maguire’s “outstanding novel” (The Independent), ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’, ingeniously re-imagines the Land of Oz, creating a parallel universe to the familiar story written by L. Frank Baum and first published as ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ in 1900.
WICKED tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two young women who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba. Following an encounter with The Wizard, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths. Glinda’s unflinching desire for popularity sees her seduced by power while Elphaba’s determination to remain true to herself, and to those around her, will have unexpected and shocking consequences for her future. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.
Experience this unforgettable musical and discover that you’ve not been told the whole story about the Land of Oz.