Five Reasons to See Hit Musical Wicked This Platinum Jubilee Holiday Weekend

This is a sponsored article on behalf of Nasty.

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We’re absolutely spoiled for Bank Holidays this year – there’s another four-day weekend in early June, and if you’re looking for ways to fill it, we’ve just got the ticket; Nasty.

The long-running enchanting musical is a staple of the London theater scene. If you’ve seen it before, you know what we’re talking about – and if you’re looking for a sign to go back and see it again, that’s it. New to Wicked? Read on for five magical reasons to book for the Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend.

1) Lasting popularity

Gary Wilmot as the Magician. Photo: Matt Crockett

Wicked has been touring London for 16 years and is the ninth longest-running musical in West End history, so really, it’s about time you saw it. An incredible 10 million people have already seen the show in London alone, not to mention many more who have been enchanted in theaters around the world.

2) A captivating story

Helen Woolf and Lucia Jones. Photo: Matt Crockett

Did you know that Wicked has its roots in Frank L. Baum’s beloved story, The Wizard of Oz? Wicked is based on a novel by Gregory Maguire, which imagines the stories and possible futures of L. Frank Baum’s characters. The story shows an unlikely but deep friendship between two young women, whose lives take very different paths following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard, allowing them to fulfill their destinies as Glinda the Good and The Wicked Witch of the West. Currently, West End royalty Helen Woolf and Lucie Jones play these roles, with Gary Wilmot as The Wizard.

3) An award-winning show

Photo: Matt Crockett

The (metaphorical) Wicked trophy cabinet creaks under the weight of more than 100 major awards around the world, including three Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy Award – and these guys really know what they’re talking about. Audiences love it too: it’s received 10 WhatsOnStage Awards (including ‘Best New Musical’ and three for ‘Best West End Show’), which are voted for by viewers like you.

Additionally, Wicked composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz has received (deep breath) three Academy Awards, four Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, an honorary Tony Award, and 16 lifetime achievement awards. He has also worked on films such as Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Enchanted and The Prince of Egypt. That’s talent.

4) A beautiful day

Photo: Matt Crockett

Wicked is at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, which is conveniently located just opposite Victoria Station. Even better for Jubilee weekend, it’s only a short walk to Buckingham Palace and the shopping center where many Jubilee celebrations take place, so you’re right in the heart of the action. The Royal Mews, Queen’s Gallery, Westminster Cathedral, Palace of Westminster (including the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben) and Westminster Abbey are also all within walking distance, which fits perfectly into a day of visits.

5) Complimentary Prosecco to toast the Jubilee

Photo: Matt Crockett

You don’t really need any more reasons to book Wicked, but here’s one last sweetener – a complimentary glass of prosecco. The offer is valid for performances from Sunday to Friday between May 24 and July 31 — including the holidays of Thursday June 2 and Friday June 3. Just click here to book with this offer, and be sure to choose a seat that says “Promotional Seat” in AF Bands on the seating chart.

T&Cs: strictly subject to availability, only for over 18s — ID must be presented upon collection.


Wicked is at the Apollo Theater Victoria and is currently booking through May 2023. Find out more and book tickets.