Musical phenomenon Wicked flies into Salford this week as it ends its record-breaking tour at The Lowry.

The popular touring production tells the incredible untold story of how the witches of Oz came to be, and features songs such as For Good, One Short Day, I’m Not That Girl and the breath-taking Defying Gravity.

The Wicked cast is lead by Ashleigh Gray as Elphaba – later known as the Wicked Witch of the West – and Emily Tierney as Glinda the Good.

They are joined on stage by Chester-based ex-Brookside star Steven Pinder and Marylin Cutts, who appeared in 2012 film Les Miserables.

Steven, who moved to Chester in the early nineties during his time as Max Farnham in Brookside, plays not one but two roles in the show.

He said: “I play both the Wizard and Dr Dillamond, both of which are fantastic parts and it’s a great joy to be able to perform both roles.

“They are totally different characters – one is a talking goat and the Wizard is the only actual human in the story, everyone else is, I suppose, an Ozian, but he comes from Oklahoma.

“The Wizard is also one of the original characters from The Wizard of Oz, which funnily enough was the first film my parents took me to the cinema to see.”

Steven says that a total of 105 different wigs are used during the show.

“There’s only about 28 of us on stage! Costume and make-up are one of the big eye points in the show, and a lot of work goes into them. They really are phenomenal and some of the costume changes the ensemble have to do are so quick!”

Along with the national tour, the award-winning Wicked continues its open-ended London run at the Apollo Victoria Theatre where it is now the 10th longest-running show in the West End, has been seen by over 6.5 million people and played over 3,500 performances. It will be at The Lowry from until July 25.

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