NEWS: @WickedUK Flies Back to #Cardiff @TheCentre in 2018

Multi record-breaking UK & Ireland touring production

Returns to Wales Millennium Centre for a strictly limited 4 week run

From Wednesday 31 October to Saturday 24 November 2018

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Wicked, the West End and Broadway musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is delighted to confirm that its spectacular, multi record-breaking and critically acclaimed touring production will return to Wales Millennium Centre in 2018. One of the most successful productions in the venue’s history, Wicked was previously seen by over 90,000 people during its celebrated engagement in March/April 2014.

A truly outstanding production” (South Wales Evening Post), Wicked returns for four weeks only from Wednesday 31 October to Saturday 24 November 2018. Tickets go on public sale on Monday 27 March, and are priced from £20.

wicked-glinda-and-elphaba-a-previous-cast-photo-credit-matt-crockettExecutive Producer Michael McCabe said: “We were overwhelmed by the incredible response from audiences and critics alike when we first brought Wicked to Cardiff for the Welsh premiere in 2014, and it is extraordinary to think that over 90,000 people came and saw us. The whole team at Wales Millennium Centre showed such tremendous enthusiasm and support, and we’re all really delighted to return to this stunning venue.”

Managing Director at Wales Millennium Centre, Mathew Milsom, said: “It is a pleasure to be bringing Wicked back to our stage next year.  One of the smartest modern musicals, Wicked is packed full of show-stoppers, spectacular design, and certainly complements our varied programme for 2018.  It is sure to be a highlight for musical-lovers and we look forward to welcoming the cast and crew back to Wales Millennium Centre.”

Acclaimed as “one of the greatest musicals of our time” (Daily Mail), “a magical mystery tour through the fantasyland of Oz” (London Evening Standard) and “one of the West End’s true modern classics” (Metro), Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students and their extraordinary adventures in Oz, which will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. Based on the acclaimed, best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire that ingeniously re-imagines the stories and characters originally created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, Wicked has become a global phenomenon featuring astounding technical wizardry, stunning costumes and show-stopping songs by three-time Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz.

This spectacular production of Wicked, acclaimed by the Northern Echo as “the ultimate Broadway experience for theatre audiences all over the UK”, played a fifteen-city tour of the UK & Ireland from September 2013 – July 2015, winning five-star rave reviews at every venue. It resumed touring in July 2016 to embark on a major international tour including engagements in Singapore, Hong Kong, Manila, Shanghai and Beijing, before a much anticipated return to the UK & Ireland in 2018.

Wicked is already the 17th longest running show in West End theatre history and recently celebrated a decade of performances at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it continues an open-ended run. Around the world, Wicked has now been seen by over 50 million people in 15 countries, and won over 100 major awards.

 Wicked has music and lyrics by multi Grammy and Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz (Godspell and Disney’s Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Enchanted) and is based on the acclaimed novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ by Gregory Maguire and adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman. Musical staging is by Tony Award-winner Wayne Cilentoand the production is directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe Mantello.

Wicked is produced around the world by Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. Executive Producer (UK/International Tour) Michael McCabe.

Casting for the 2018 UK & Ireland Tour is to be announced.

WICKED IN NUMBERS

  • WICKED was seen by over 90,000 people in its first visit to Wales Millennium Centre in 2014.
  • By the time this acclaimed production of WICKED returns to Cardiff it will have travelled almost 12 thousand miles (by road, sea and air) since its debut in Manchester on 12 September 2013.
  • Almost 1.5 million theatregoers have seen this production to date.
  • This “thrilling theatrical experience” (Metro) features 350 stunning costumes, 140 wigs, 244 pairs of shoes, 110 hats, 125 pairs of gloves and 30 prosthetic masks.
  • It takes 100 people, both on-stage and behind the scenes, to delivery every single performance of this gigantic touring production that has been acclaimed as “every bit the West End show” (The Public Reviews).

WICKED AROUND THE WORLD

  • WICKED has been seen by over 50 million people across over 100 cities in 15 countries.
  • WICKED is already the 17th longest running show in London theatre history and now one of the top five longest running musicals currently playing in the West End.
  • WICKED recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary in the West End, and has played over 4000 performances at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it continues an open-ended run.
  • WICKED has won over 100 major awards including 3 Tony Awards, 6 Drama Desk Awards, 2 Olivier Audience Awards, 9 WhatsOnStage Awards, an Evening Standard Theatre Award and a Grammy Award.
  • WICKED was also recently named as the ‘Best Theatre Production for Schools’ at the School Travel Awards.

Official website: www.WickedTheMusical.co.uk

Twitter: @WickedUK

Facebook: /WickedUK  |  Instagram: @WickedUK

REVIEW: #MandelaTrilogy @TheCentre @CapeTown_Opera #Wales #WMC

REVIEW: #MandelaTrilogy #WalesMillenniumCentre @TheCentre @CapeTown_Opera – Thu 25th August 2016

It was back in June 2012 that the Mandela Trilogy got its European premiere in Wales Millennium Centre, and in August 2016 it has returned and it feels like it never went away.

slider_three(1)It’s based on Nelson Mandela’s life within three acts. Act One is a very young Mandela, Act Two is when he becomes an integral part of the ANC and the struggle, and Act Three is based around his incarceration and his release in 1994.

Let’s be honest about this review, I’m not the biggest fan of opera. I appreciate it as an art form and understand how people can swept away within an aria – but for me I’m more of a Les Mis than a La Boheme kind of guy. But in saying that, each act of the Mandela Trilogy isn’t your standard opera – it has a definite jazz feel in act two (written by Mike Campbell), and act one and three (written by Peter Louis van Dijk) have definitely modern contemporary feel. My first idea of what it might be like was – and this may show my lack of education – I did expect it to be a bit Ladysmith Black Mambazo. It wasn’t, and I found myself liking that.aMandelaTrilogyMunich7

Although some may say the lack of a South African soundtrack does detract a little, but for me the orchestration was magnificent to say the least. You could feel immersed by the sound of the Cape Town Philarmonics conducted by Alex Fokkens.

The Mandela’s were all vocally brilliant – Aubrey Lodewyk (later life Mandela), Thato Machona (Younger Mandela) and Peace Nzirawa (freedom fighting Mandela). The female leads were fantastic too, with special mention to Candida Mosoma (Dolly), her performance of Meadowlands – wow.

aMandelaTrilogyMunich5You may have seen the films Invictus or the Long walk to freedom, but this opera will give you more of the journey of the man. Sometimes we see things in one way, and it takes something like this to learn a new way – and find out about the man more than the myth – for me anyway.

The performance all round was faultless – and if you want to have an evening of education and culture, you won’t go far wrong

 

 

NEWS: @TheCentre Wales Millennium Centre’s bus trip around Wales

Wales Millennium Centre’s bus takes a journey around Wales and asks Welsh artists

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Wales Millennium Centre takes to the road this summer asking artists in Wales “What’s your inspiration?”

As part of Ar Waith Ar Daith, a Welsh journey of myth and magic, the Awen Bus tour begins its four week journey around Wales before the final stop, the big finale outside the Centre on Saturday 12 September 2015. The journey started on August 7 at the National Eisteddfod in Meifod. The team on the Awen Bus – which is fully equipped with a stage and recording equipment – will be filming a wide range of creative responses, capturing the inspiration behind Welsh artists.  These responses will then be beamed into the ‘Cauldron of Inspiration’ which can be found in the foyer of Wales Millennium Centre until September 12.

The artistic odyssey around Wales, conceived by outdoors arts experts Walk the Plank with digital producers Native HQ, will then move on to Wrexham and Mold before embarking on an exciting journey of inspiration on a tour of artists in local communities across Wales throughout August and early September.

You can watch the encounters by peering into the Cauldron of Inspiration in the foyer of Wales Millennium Centre, or follow the journey online at www.arwarithardaith.com and on the hashtag #Awen2015.

The Awen Bus journey ends on 12 September at 7:30pm outside Wales Millennium Centre with the Ar Waith Ar Daith finale – a large scale, outdoor spectacular featuring procession, dance, projection, storytelling, music, pyrotechnics and over 600 participants. For more information on the finale event visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1478998532412127/

The Awen Bus Tour of Wales

  • 1 Aug – 8 Aug National Eisteddfod, Meifod
  • 10 August: Wrexham (morning) and Mold (afternoon)
  • 11th August – Mold (morning), Llandudno (afternoon)
  • 12 August – Aberdyfi (morning), Machynlleth (afternoon)
  • 13 August – Newtown (morning), Aberystwyth (afternoon)
  • 15 August – Cardigan
  • 16 August – Narberth
  • 18 August – Carmarthen
  • 19 August – Swansea
  • 20 August – Cilgerran
  • 21-22 August – Green Man Festival, Crickhowell
  • 25 August – Abergavenny (morning), Ebbw Vale (afternoon)
  • 26 August – Merthyr
  • 27 August – Aberdare (morning), Pontypridd (afternoon)
  • 28 August – Penarth
  • 29 August – Cardiff
  • 31 August – Butetown Carnival, Cardiff
  • 1 September – Penybont (morning), Porthmadog (afternoon)
  • 2 September – Porthmadog (morning), Bangor (afternoon)
  • 3 September – Llŷn Peninsula
  • 4 September – Caernarfon
  • 5 September – Portmeirion