Wicked’s West End audience tops five million

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West End musical Wicked has recorded its five millionth audience member since opening in 2006.

The milestone was reached at the matinee performance on Saturday, March 30.

Michael McCabe, UK executive producer of Wicked, said: “All long-running shows depend as much on audiences coming back for more as they do on first-time visitors, and Wicked is no exception. We have been swept along by passionate fans and incredible word-of-mouth.”

The production opened at the Apollo Victoria in September 2006 and, while it will continue its open-ended run in the West End, a new touring production will open at Manchester’s Palace Theatre in September 2013.

Wicked has been seen by more than 36 million people around the world. The West End production is booking until April 26, 2014