London 17 Wilton Road, London SW1V 1LL
The other side of the classic Wizard of Oz story, Wicked follows Elphaba, who will later become the famous Witch of the West, to discover the true meaning of 'good" and 'wicked.' The Apollo Victoria has fantastic views from across the breadth of the Stalls and Circle, but obviously central seats are preferable.
The Apollo Victoria is a beautiful Art Deco building which originally opened as a movie theatre in the 1930s. It became a musical theatre venue in 1981, and was home to one of the longest running musicals of all time, Starlight Express from 1984-2002. The theatre now reflects its current occupier Wicked complete with Elphaba green lighting and decorations, providing the audience with a unique theatrical experience from the second they enter the venue. The Seat Inspector feels however that the addition of character related cocktails at the theatre bar is a step too far… Despite its size the auditorium is divided into only two levels of almost equal capacity. Sightlines are on the whole very good, thanks to the venue being designed as a movie theatre. Wicked is a very visual show, and though every effort has been made for the set to fill the space, sitting in the back section of the circle can feel very removed from the characters.
For a panoramic and clear view of the stage the back of the first half of the stalls has to be recommended. Here you are far enough back to absorb the wonderful set and special effects, yet still feel fully involved in the performance.
The front row of the stalls are often sold as ‘Day Seats’, meaning they go on sale for a reduced price from 10am on the day of performance. You must arrive in person to buy them, and it is advisable to check before going to Victoria. Bear in mind that sitting so close to the stage may cause a bit of neck-ache as you look up!
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