After the students showed off their own talents on stage yesterday, it was time to voyage into the capital city of London to see one of the longest running stage performances in the West End; Wicked. Before seeing the hit musical, the students would get the opportunity to explore England’s largest city and see some of the most notorious sights.
The students had around three hours of free time before the musical started. Some students opted to spend their time shopping on the infamous Sloane Square, whilst others went sight-seeing to Westminster Abbey, Westminster Bridge, Big Ben and the London Eye. Students split into two groups for dinner at Five Guys, a fully decorated American burger franchise or Pizza Express, one of oldest Italian restaurant chains in the UK – both evidently very popular with the students as they raved about the food.
The show kicked off at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, based on Gregory Maguire’s acclaimed novel, ‘Wicked’: The life and times of the wicked witch of the west. The novel reimagines the Land of Oz, but from an alternative perspective, this time from Elphaba’s (more traditionally thought of as the Wicked Witch) side. The musical has been seen by over 7.5 million people in total worldwide and boasts to be the 17th longest running show in London theatre history. Students absolutely loved the bright lights, live orchestra and awe-inspiring set.
Some very tired faces climbed back aboard the bus after a long and busy day. The students chatted about their adventures in the big city, but it was clear that many were ready jump into bed and recharge their batteries ahead of tomorrow’s graduation party. What a day!