WICKED, the global musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, went on public sale on Tuesday 1 October 2013 at the Mayflower Theatre and set a new Box Office record for an on-sale with 5284 tickets booked. Ticket buyers had waited in line at the Box Office from 5.15am. The previous record was held by The Phantom of the Opera with 4376 tickets booked in one day.
Michael Ockwell, Chief Executive of the Mayflower Theatre said "We are so pleased with the response from our audience with the first day of general sales for Wicked. Bringing Wicked to the Mayflower Theatre is another example of how we offer the very best of the West End in Southampton. This is a spectacular show and I know our audience are going to love it."
Michael McCabe, Executive Producer (UK & Ireland) of Wicked said: "We have all been truly overwhelmed by the response of ticket buyers in Southampton and are honoured and humbled to know that we have broken all previous Box Office records. We all very much look forward to our arrival at the Mayflower Theatre next year".
Acclaimed as "one of the most popular West End musicals ever" (London Evening Standard), the record-breaking London production continues its open-ended run at the Apollo Victoria Theatre where it is already the 15th longest-running musical in West End theatre history.
Wicked has already been seen by over 38 million people around the world and has 9 productions running concurrently. The original Broadway production remains "Broadway's biggest blockbuster" (The New York Times) where it is now in its 10th Anniversary year. The West End production is now in its 8th year and will shortly celebrate its 3000th performance at London's Apollo Victoria Theatre.
In a brilliantly witty re-imagining of the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz', Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.
The strictly limited 4-week season at The Mayflower Theatre will run from Tuesday 21 October 2014 until Saturday 15 November 2014 as part of the award-winning musical's major UK and Ireland Tour.