Hello readers and welcome to my monthly article. I hope you are all having a good summer, now it is the summer holidays it is important to keep the kids entertained as well as yourselves! This month I am reviewing something that will do just that – ‘Wicked’ the musical!
Running until the 21st August at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, tickets for Wicked start at just £21.50 and this is your only chance to see it outside of London in 2016.
I was lucky enough to be invited to the press evening at the Alhambra to see the show and I absolutely loved it from beginning to end. I got to see amazing actors in action such as Jacqueline Hughes playing Elphaba and Carly Anderson playing Glinda. They are accompanied on stage by Steven Pinder playing the Wizard and Bradley Jaden as Fiyero. They are incredible singers and also brought the characters to life with humour. The story tells you about how the wicked witch of the west in the Wizard of Oz became so wicked – or did she? It is a tale of growing up, friendship and love. The live orchestra add to the atmosphere with well-known songs from the show such as Defying Gravity.
I loved the costumes in the show – the citizens of Oz all had weird and wonderful clothing that looked quirky and made it even more clear that the characters are not in this world! The set design is also really good with some surprising props along the way that are well made and really add the wow factor to the show. Wicked is the 19th longest running show in the West End theatre history and it is easy to see why, it really is brilliant!
I would say that ‘Wicked’ is suitable for families with older children or teenagers. Younger children might not understand all that is going on and it is also quite a long show, but I definitely recommend it for anyone from around 10 and older.
I have to say thank you to the Alhambra Theatre too. They always make me feel really welcome when I visit and it is a great theatre!
For more information or to book tickets to see Wicked please call the box office on 01274 432000 or visit their website www.bradford-theatres.co.uk

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