Early days of witches of Oz

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The untold story of the witches of Oz is now being shared with audiences in the region as the Wicked musical tour has stopped off at Milton Keynes Theatre.

The tour has already been seen by more than 36 million people around the world and has six productions running concurrently, including shows on Broadway and in the West End. It has grossed $2.9bn at the box office.

Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire that re-imagined the stories and characters created by L Frank Baum in The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz, Wicked tells the tale of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students. These girls are the blonde and popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba.

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

Their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths.

Wicked includes music by multi-Grammy and Academy award winner Stephen Schwartz, and is directed by Tony award winner Joe Mantello. Tickets range in price from £20 to £55. The show will run at Milton Keynes Theatre until Saturday, March 8. Ring 0844 8717652.