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Apollo Victoria Theatre

Wilton Road, SW1V 1LG


Apollo Victoria Theatre 3D location mapMap ©Silvermaze Ltd 2008 New photo of Victoria Apollo theatre.Photo ©Tony Reading 2008

Show Details

Preview 7th Sep 06
Opens 27th Sep 06
Booking to 27th Nov 2021

Show Times

Mon - Sat 7.30 pm
Matinée Weds & Sat 2.30 pm

Show Length 2hrs 45mins

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A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
Let us know what you think.

A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.




  • Laura Pick - Elphaba
  • Helen Woolf - Glinda
  • Alistair Brammer - Fiyero
  • Kim Ismay - Madame Morrible
  • Andy Hockley - The Wizard
  • Simeon Truby -Doctor Dillamond
  • Carina Gillespie - Nessarose
  • Lisa-Anne Wood - Standby for Glinda


  • Author - Gregory Maguire
  • Design - Eugene Lee
  • Lighting - Kenneth Posner
  • Costume - Susan Hilferty
  • Orchestrations - William David Brohn
  • Sound - Tony Meola
  • Musical staging - Wayne Cilento
  • Director -Joe Mantello
  • Producer - Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.

Please be aware that due to Covid 19 restrictions this show is liable to change at short notice.
Currently performances are suspended until 18th January 2021.
Please contact the theatre directly to confirm the details.


Extraordinarily successful musical play has been running since 2006 and still going strong. It has the kind of popularity that has superceded some yawn reviews by serious critics who tended to damn it with faint praise. It has almost a potter-cultish popularity. The children and very young adults flock to it and apparently know the play intimately so have apparently been before. In addition the choreography thing is more important to adults and has become a part of the hollywood style of musical. I remember thinking that all that dancing just got in the way of the story as a child.- and was only there because the grown-ups expected it. Different as it is now supposed to be, the popularity of Harry Potter was similar to the Enid Blyton of the 40s. Mystery, adventure, and tight knit friendship was the base if endless stories.

Wicked - witches

Did the famous Five bang on about boyfriends and kissing? No. Are we going to get the Lord of the Rings musical? Yet in the 30s for 30 years Enid Blyton was actually banned by the BBC on the grounds of 'mediocrity' whereas children loved them and still do. Barbara Cartland took the formula and applied it to romance with almost equal success - adding the kissing to wave hello to that time when dancing gets to be very important indeed.

Can ANYthing be a musical? No. The Lord of the Rings made itself a silly waste of millions using the same old formula that has worked countless times in Hollywood. (now They are trying it out in Germany where Wagner made operas about the same story) - they might find that the Germans get the dancing orcs but even the Canadians - not generally on top of the humour tree were "bored of the Rings". I bet they could make back some of their losses by leaving the choreographer in Hollywood.

Back to Wicked - I believe that the children who adore Wicked, are teaching the box office gamblers something. To prove the theory even further - google up "a Very Potter Musical" and see the youTube of how it turned out to be a laughable parody -especially the dancing - made by fans.

Wicked - Glinda

Wicked is also a sensational spectacle of magic and light and fancy clothes that is well worth the trip.

Moreover it was apparently helped along by massive sharing of recorded clips on Twitter and Facebok. Even the threat to "ban the fan" from future performances if caught (yeah right) fueled the fervour and proved more effective than the legally rubberstamped marketing. There's another moral in there somewhere.


Book This ShowIn the land of OZ two young girls grow up as friends. One has an emerald green skin and she has plenty of character and is very clever. Her friend Glinda is the pretty one who is enormously popular. How they turn out to be the good and wicked witches is the story behind many a story. All the symbolism of good and evil is well attended to.

Many of the top critics dismissed it as having anything deep to chew on - however the transition of young girls to witches is clearly fascinating and has much to consider. It's nice to have a safe-to-go-to show just opposite a mainline station.

Wicked - Set

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