New production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ to play at the London Palladium

The show will tread the boards of the West End venue next summer, in this collaboration between Michael Harrison and The Really Useful Group. Directed by Nikolai Foster, this version will include all of the classic songs and characters but also the additional numbers penned by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

We’re off to see the Wizard, the Wonderful Wizard of Oz! But now there’s no need to follow a yellow-bricked road to find him, just to walk a few steps up the streets of London’s West End. Next summer, producers Michael Harrison and The Really Useful Group (owned by composer and theatre impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber) will bring the Emerald City back to town in a new version featuring all the beloved songs and characters based on L. Frank Baum’s timeless novel, as well as the additional numbers written by Tim Rice and Webber himself.

“The London Palladium is the home of the summer blockbuster musical, and there really will be no place like the Palladium for Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion, as they embark on their journey down the Yellow Brick Road”, says Harrison. “Nikolai Foster and his team have created a new and magical production of this beloved musical, and we can’t wait to open the doors to audiences from next June.”

Director Nikolai Foster previous credits include Billy Elliot The Musical or A Chorus Line. As for the rest of the troupe, the show will feature choreography by Shay Barclay, while Set Designer is Colin Richmond, Projection Designer is Douglas O’Connell, Costume and Puppet Designer is Rachael Canning, Lighting Designer is Ben Cracknell, Sound Designer is Adam Fisher, Creative Consultant is Mark Kaufman, Musical Director and Musical Supervisor is George Dyer, Magic Consultant is Scott Penrose, Casting Director is Kay Magson CDG, Props Supervisor is Marcus Hall Props, Costume Supervisor is Anna Josephs and Wigs, Hair and Makeup Designer is Elizabeth Marini. The cast, on the other hand, will be confirmed soon.

The Wizard of Oz will begin performances on Friday 23 June. Full booking details, including when tickets will go on sale, will be announced in due course. Subscriptions for upcoming news are available on the following link.

By Guillermo Názara

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