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A Wicked production for Sunderland

It is one of the most successful and longest running musicals in the West End.

Now the show Wicked has arrived at the Sunderland Empire as part of its two year UK tour.

It stars Ashleigh Gray as Elphaba - the 'wicked' witch, Sam Edwards as Fiyero and Emily Tierney as Glinda.

Ross Hutchinson went to find out more.

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Kevin Kennedy and Julie Goodyear Credit: PA

The show, Street of Dreams_, will come to Newcastle on tour later this year. Full coverage of the launch on the national ITV News site.