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l THE box-office record-breaking musical Wicked is coming to Glasgow in May.

A "re-imagining of the Wizard of Oz story", it is told from the perspective of the Wicked Witch of the West and the Good Witch and has been running at London's Apollo Victoria Theatre for seven years. Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, it proposes that Wicked Witch Elpahaba was conceived during an affair between the Munchkin Governor's wife and a mysterious stranger with a bottle of green elixir. The baby grows up to be gorgeous, but rather minty in colour and when she attends university her rival appears in the form of Glinda, a twinkly blonde with a Valley Girl mentality. The music, which was made even more popular by television's Glee, includes the roof-busters Defying Gravity and For Good, written by Academy award-winner Stephen Schwartz. Wicked runs at the King's Theatre, Glasgow, from May 6 to 31. Tickets on sale from March 8 for personal callers. The London production continues its open-ended run, with tickets currently on sale until April 26.

www.atgtickets.com/venues/kings-theatre

l The photographs from the archives of The Herald and Evening Times that have graced the walls of the cafe in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall are to be auctioned to fund a successor show in the same space. The City of Stars exhibition was curated by The Herald's contributor Alison Kerr using the archives of the newspapers held at Glasgow's Mitchell Library and documented some of the famous names who passed through the city in the last century, from Houdini in 1920 to Sinatra in 1990. Now visitors to the hall can fill in a form to make a confidential bid for any of the pictures on display, and the proceeds will fund City of Stars 2. Bidding will close on March 15 and the successful bidders will be notified on March 18.

www.glasgowlife.org.uk

l This week's production in the A Play, A Pie and A Pint season at Glasgow's Oran Mor, Lesley Hart's 3 Seconds, is the first of five that will immediately transfer to the Traverse in Edinburgh for a further week of lunchtime performances. The following three – Douglas Maxwell's A Respectable Widow Takes To Vulgarity, David Ireland's Most Favoured and Clean by Sabrina Mahfouz – all began life as rehearsed breakfast time readings in last summer's Dream Plays at the Traverse during the Fringe, and the final one is Stephen Dick's The Commission, winner of the Channel 4/Oran Mor Comedy Drama Award.

www.traverse.co.uk

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