Wicked set to enchant North- east audiences

Emily Tierney (Glinda) and Ashleigh Gray (Elphaba)
Emily Tierney (Glinda) and Ashleigh Gray (Elphaba)

The spectacular, multi award-winning stage musical Wicked will be at His Majesty’s Theatre from Tuesday, May 5 until Saturday, May 30.

When Dorothy famously triumphed over the Wicked Witch, we only ever heard one side of the story.

Gregory Maguire’s acclaimed 1995 novel, ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’, re-imagined the Land of Oz, creating a parallel universe to the familiar story written by L. Frank Baum and first published as ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ in 1900.

Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who meet as sorcery students at Shiz University; the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba.

Following an encounter with The Wizard of Oz, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths.

Glinda’s unflinching desire for popularity sees her seduced by power while Elphaba’s determination to remain true to herself, and those around her, will have unexpected and shocking consequences for her future.

Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

The Buchanie caught up with lead cast members Emily Tierney (Glinda), Ashleigh Gray (Elphaba) and Samuel Edwards (Fiyero) to find out what it’s like to be part of the show and how they feel about their upcoming visit to the North-east.

Emily has had previous experience playing Glinda The Good as she played the character in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz at the Palladium.

She explained: “I had already done so much research for the role so I know everything about The Wizard of Oz!

“This is a very different Glinda compared to the other show as Wicked explains who she is and how she became Glinda The Good, but it’s brilliant and the most fun part to play.”

She added; “The show is so special in that no other musical has two leading women - it sends a strong message.”

Scottish actress Ashleigh Gray plays Elphaba and she told us why she loves touring so much: “Being in Scotland is good as it means my family and friends can come and see me.

“I also love coming to Aberdeen, I’ve played at His Majesty’s in a number of productions before and I always feel comfortable there.”

Playing Elphaba means Ashleigh has to sit in the make up chair for around an hour and a half per day.

She said: “The cast don’t recognise me without the green make up as they are so used to seeing me as Elphaba!”

Speaking about his character, Samuel said: “It’s a very interesting role to play because the girls have the main parts.

“Fiyero has the biggest change as he discovers himself, it’s an interesting and special part to play and there’s much more to him than meets the eye.”

Commenting on the show, he said: “Wicked appeals to everyone, no matter what age you are.

“People can relate to the story and it has a great following of fans.”

Samuel added: “I’ve never been to Aberdeen but I’m looking forward to it, I like to explore and live in a different place.”

Tickets for Wicked are available online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by calling 01224 641122 or visiting Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall or His Majesty’s 
Theatre.