Come with us now on a fantastic adventure to 2006. (It would sort of help if you shake your hands in front of your face in waves and make a sort of "blur-blurp, blur-blurp" warping noise to synthesise the effect of time travel). Wow, it's 2006. Radical! For context, to put you in the mood: Justin Bieber is 12. Lindsay Lohan is only just starting to worry people. Honey Boo Boo is a deranged twinkle in some equally deranged eyes. Look around you. Smell things. Touch things. 2006 was weird.
But it was also the year that West End smash hit musical Wicked first took to the stage in London's Apollo Victoria Theatre. Back then, the initial cast was made up of Helen Dallimore as the Good Witch Glinda, Adam Garcia as the pretty okay prince Fiyero and Idina Menzel as the Wicked Witch Elphaba. After a while, Idina morphed into Kerry Ellis, who herself was replaced by Rachel Tucker in 2011. That's how West End casting works, by the way. You know how when David Tennant turned into Matt Smith in Doctor Who? Kind of like that, but with more singing.
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Anyway, flash forward back to the present day. Next week, the entire cast is getting ready for yet another rejig as the musical approaches seven years of enduring popularity. And guess what: we've got some tickets to giveaway. Want to be among the first to scope out the fresh meat that is Louise Dearman as Elphaba, Gina Beck as Glinda and Ben Freeman as Fiyero on stage together? Yes, yes you do. Click here to check out the Facebook page and enter our Character Quiz, which, as though by magic, will help you figure out which character from the production you most resemble. Then, when you've done all that, click here to enter our sweet, sweet ticket competition.