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"A theatre goer since I was 2, I am now 26, I can not recall being as moved in so many directions as I was while watching Wicked."

- Matt B.

"If I could pick where I had to die, It would be at a performance of Wicked. If I could pick the last words that I heard, It would be the last note of the song "Defying Gravity." This show is utterly amazing!"

- Jen M.

"Wicked is a musical that does best what musicals are supposed to do: transport the audience beyond the world they know. Whether you dream of being Galinda/Glinda, the toast of society, or Elphaba, the beautifully misinterpreted outcast, Oz inspires you. What more is theater for?"

- Hols F.

"Wicked did it all for me. Wit, charm, excitement, romance, surprises, it's all there. If you're going to see a show in New York, see Wicked."

- John H.

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Apollo Victoria Theatre
Wilton Road

Wicked the Musical (show information)
Playing: 11/2/06 - 02/24/07
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Apollo Victoria Theatre Information

The Apollo Victoria Theatre is part of is part of Clear Channel Entertainment. This website is owned by London Theatre Direct Ltd, an official agent of Clear Channel Entertainment and other London theatre venues.

This huge theatre has played host to some classic shows over the years, with the outstanding popular favourite Starlight Express delighting millions in a run that stretched over a decade. The Apollo Victoria is a well equipped theatre with a huge stage and plenty of props and special effects can be used.

The Apollo Victoria Theatre was designed by Ernest Wamsley Lewis with William E Trent and opened in October 1930 as the New Victoria Cinema.

This Art Deco building was carefully designed to create an overall streamlined effect with vertical banding originally holding neon lighting. Built on a rectangular site, it has two identical facades, one on Vauxhall Bridge Road and the other on Wilton Road.

The cinema closed in 1975 and was converted to a theatre, reopening for live entertainment in 1981 under it's present name. The theatre underwent extensive refurbishment in 2002 when the original interior was restored to its former glory.

The theatre is currently owned by Clear Channel Entertainment.

The Apollo Victoria is one of the UK's best preserved 1930s super cinemas and its unique design and excellent condition fully justify its grade II* listing.

It opened as the New Victoria on 15 October 1930, designed for Provincial Cinematograph Theatres by W. E. Trent and E. Wamsley Lewis. Built on a rectangular site it has two identical facades one to Vauxhall Bridge Road and the other on Wilton Road -the site measured 167 feet by 100 feet.

The two facades are severe in appearance with the main feature being horizontal banding (containing four rows of four rectangular steel framed windows at the stage end) which contrasts sharply by the vertical banding over the dual entrances. On the Wilton Road entrance two bas-relief panels depicting an audience watching a film were the work of Newbury Abbot Trent who was also responsible for some of the interior sculptures.

The theatre is ingeniously planned with the stalls below ground level and the main foyer inserted into the balcony void area - the front circle emergency exits are at street level giving some idea of the amount of excavation that had to be undertaken.

The auditorium was designed as a mermaid's palace. With huge flowers which branch up and lights with the appearance of glass stalactites hanging down from the ceiling. The proscenium was a mass of nine slender silver columns on either side above which were dummy organ pipes, again in silver giving the impression of a waterfall. Elsewhere decorative touches of fish, shells and waves can be found

Seating capacity was for 2,860 and the stage - designed for cine-variety so small by modern standards - measures 22.56 metres by 7.32 metres and their 10 dressing rooms plus 2 suites.

The New Victoria was closed briefly during the war from September 1940 to May 1941 but sustained no serious damage.

Film entertainment ended here in 1975 since when it has become a live entertainment venue - firstly mainly concerts but then large scale West End musicals - "Starlight Express" opened here in 1984 and finally closed at the beginning of 2002. It is now the home of the Bollywood spectacular ?Bombay Dreams? and currently seats 1,934. After the uninterrupted run of "Starlight", the theatre closed for many months to allow for a major refurbishment to take place.

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