WICKED, the West End and Broadway musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, has confirmed that its multi record-breaking and critically acclaimed touring production will return to the Liverpool Empire in 2018. One of the most successful productions in the venue’s history, WICKED was previously seen by over 68,000 people – equivalent to 1 in 7 people in Liverpool – during its celebrated engagement in September/October 2014.WICKED returns for four weeks only from Wednesday 7 to Saturday 31 March 2018. General tickets go on sale today (1 Feb).Executive Producer Michael McCabe said: “We were overwhelmed by the incredible response from audiences and critics alike when we first brought Wicked to Liverpool in 2014, and it is extraordinary to think that over 68,000 people came and saw us. The whole team at the Liverpool Empire showed such tremendous enthusiasm and support, and we’re all really delighted to return to this legendary venue.”The Liverpool Empire’s General Manager, Diane Belding said: “Wicked is one of the most popular musicals there is and we are honoured to be welcoming the production back to the Empire stage. During its run here in 2014, seeing thousands of smiling faces leaving the theatre after every performance was truly magical. I’m sure Liverpool will fall under its spell once again when the production returns to the city next year.”WICKED is already the 17th longest running show in West End theatre history and recently celebrated a decade of performances at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it continues an open-ended run. Around the world, WICKED has now been seen by over 50 million people in 15 countries, and won over 100 major awards.WICKED has music and lyrics by multi Grammy and Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz (Godspell and Disney’s Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Enchanted) and is based on the acclaimed novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ by Gregory Maguire and adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman. Musical staging is by Tony Award-winner Wayne Cilento and the production is directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe Mantello.WICKED is produced around the world by Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. Executive Producer (UK/International Tour) Michael McCabe.