Smash-hit musical Wicked returned to Sunderland Empire for a four-week run on September 6.

Since its premiere in Manchester in 2013, this gigantic and celebrated touring production, involving over 100 people onstage and behind the scenes, has not only dazzled audiences across the UK but also in China, the Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland and Ireland.

It took 13 articulated lorries to transport the show’s spectacular sets, props and costumes to Sunderland, making a 330-mile journey from Dublin.

A backstage team of 60 worked for 3 days to build the production and prepare the theatre for the first performance last Thursday; including creating an area backstage known as ‘Wardrobe Village’, which houses the show’s 350 award-winning costumes, 75 wigs, 140 pairs of shoes, 110 hats, 125 pairs of gloves and 30 prosthetic masks.

Wicked transports audiences to a stunningly re-imagined world of Oz, providing wonders beyond the imagination.

With people travelling from far and wide for what could be the shows last stint in the North East, we’ve took it upon us to round up some of the things you’ve been saying.

@_i_am_matt said: From the set, to the orchestra, to every single performer…unreal. Can not recommend enough!

@magickingdom_mochi said: My heart has been left on stage, it is by FAR the best performance I have ever seen.

@Atrixareads said:  First standing ovation I’ve ever given, it was such a good show!

@speirs_74 said:  I loved the show that much I’ve just booked tickets to come again next Tuesday… can’t wait

@Aime_Addison said: I could watch that show every single day. It was incredible.

@simon_dukey said: A magical time at @sundempirefor @wickeduk Press Night

@arellashebson said: my love for @WickedUK is indescribable. it is just EVERYTHING!

@KittieKat_94 said: What an amazing production and a ‘Wicked’ end to my summer holidays

@paigebrittain said: Defying Gravity was honestly one of the best things I’ve ever seen and heard


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Wicked was absolutely amazing last night ???? Defying Gravity was honestly one of the best things I’ve ever seen and heard ????

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@bethanbradley said: Such an amazing show, I can totally see why people go back 4 or 5 times to see it!!

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