Final Casting Announced for the UK and Ireland Tour of The Wizard of Oz

Michael Harrison and the Really Useful Group are thrilled to announce final casting for the UK and Ireland Tour of The Wizard of Oz which begins rehearsals today. The new musical, based on the iconic story by L. Frank Baum, opens its UK and Ireland tour following a celebrated run at the world-famous London Palladium. The tour begins at the Liverpool Empire where it plays an extended festive season from Wednesday 13th December – Sunday 7th January 2024.

The Vivienne Wizard of OzJoining previously announced JLS star Aston Merrygold as The Tin Man (Liverpool only), Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK winner and Dancing on Ice finalist, The Vivienne as The Wicked Witch of the West and Gary Wilmot as The Wizard, additional principal casting is confirmed as: Jason Manford who will reprise his role as The Cowardly Lion (Manchester only) with Allan Stewart (Stones in His Pockets, West End, UK Tour, Toronto; STV Hello, Good Evening, Welcome) and Alex Bourne (Annie, West End, UK Tour, Toronto; Hairspray, UK Tour) as The Wizard. All perform at select dates across the tour.

Principal company members appearing at all venues are: Aviva Tulley (Book of Mormon, UK Tour) as Dorothy, Benjamin Yates (ITV’s Emmerdale; Jersey Boys, West End) as The Scarecrow, Nic Greenshields (Love Never Dies West End; Les Misérables West End, International Tour) as The Cowardly Lion, Emily Bull (9 to 5, UK Tour; Matilda UK Tour) as Glinda The Good Witch and Abigail Matthews as Toto (Bleak Expectations, West End; War Horse, West End).

The company is completed by: David Burrows, Adam Craig, Cole Dunn, Tyler Ephraim, Olivia Kate Holding, Thomas Kalek, Sadie Levett, Kelsie-Rae Marshall, Martin McCarthy, Rose Ouellette, Fanja Parent, Alexandra Regan, Nathan Routledge and Sydney Spencer.

To book tickets and for information about specific casting at all UK and Ireland tour venues, go to www.wizardofozmusical.com. Further casting to be announced for all dates.

The Wizard of Oz Craig Revel-HorwoodCraig Revel Horwood will perform as The Wicked Witch of the West at Grand Opera House, Belfast; Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin; Milton Keynes Theatre; Wales Millenium Centre, Cardiff, where the role of The Wizard will be played by Alex Bourne. Craig is joined by Allan Stewart as The Wizard at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking; Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham; King’s Theatre, Glasgow and His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen.

The Vivienne will appear at the Liverpool Empire as The Wicked Witch of the West alongside Alex Bourne as The Wizard, then touring to New Theatre, Oxford; Mayflower Theatre, Southampton; New Theatre, Hull; Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield; Theatre Royal, Plymouth; Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol; Theatre Royal, Nottingham; Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton and the Empire Theatre, Sunderland.

The Vivienne will be joined by Gary Wilmot as The Wizard at the following dates: Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury;

Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh; Cliffs Pavilion Southend; Theatre Royal, Norwich; Venue Cymru, Llandudno; Wimbledon New Theatre and the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford and by Allan Stewart as The Wizard at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle.

Jason Manford joins The Vivienne (The Wicked Witch of the West) and Allan Stewart (The Wizard) at the Manchester Palace for two-weeks only next spring where he will reprise his celebrated role as The Cowardly Lion. Across the rest of the tour, the role will be played by Nic Greenshields.

Aston Merrygold will perform as The Tin Man in Liverpool only.

Join Dorothy, Toto and friends on an unforgettable adventure down the yellow brick road to the merry old land of Oz.

Gary Wilmot in The Wizard of OzFeaturing the iconic original score from the Oscar-winning MGM film, including Over The Rainbow, Follow The Yellow Brick Road and We’re Off To See the Wizard – with additional songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice – this spectacular production will be a truly magical experience for all the family.

The Wizard of Oz on tour is presented Michael Harrison, Gavin Kalin Productions, David Mirvish, Crossroads Live, Tulchin Bartner Productions, Nick Thomas, Rupert Gavin and Mallory Factor, Jake Hine and Playing Field, by arrangement with the Really Useful Group Ltd.

LISTINGS

WIZARD OF OZ – TOUR DATES 2023/24
13 Dec 2023 – Sun 7 Jan 2024
Empire Theatre, Liverpool
VENUE SPECIFIC CASTING: Aston Merrygold as The Tin Man, The Vivienne as The Wicked Witch of the West and Alex Bourne as The Wizard

10 – 14 Jan 2024
New Theatre, Oxford
VENUE SPECIFIC CASTING: The Vivienne as The Wicked Witch of the West, Alex Bourne as The Wizard

16 –21 Jan 2024
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
www.mayflower.org.uk/
VENUE SPECIFIC CASTING: The Vivienne as The Wicked Witch of the West, Alex Bourne as The Wizard

24 – 27 Jan 2024
New Theatre, Hull
www.hulltheatres.co.uk/
VENUE SPECIFIC CASTING: The Vivienne as The Wicked Witch of the West, Alex Bourne as The Wizard

30 Jan – 3 Feb 2024
Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/
VENUE SPECIFIC CASTING: The Vivienne as The Wicked Witch of the West, Alex Bourne as The Wizard

6 – 11 Feb 2024
Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
www.marlowetheatre.com/
VENUE SPECIFIC CASTING: The Vivienne as The Wicked Witch of the West and Gary Wilmot as The Wizard

13 – 17 Feb 2024
Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh
VENUE SPECIFIC CASTING: The Vivienne as The Wicked Witch of the West and Gary Wilmot as The Wizard

20 – 25 Feb 2024
Cliffs Pavilion Southend
www.southendtheatres.org.uk/
VENUE SPECIFIC CASTING: The Vivienne as The Wicked Witch of the West and Gary Wilmot as The Wizard

27 Feb – 3 March 2024
Theatre Royal, Norwich
www.norwichtheatre.org/
VENUE SPECIFIC CASTING: The Vivienne as The Wicked Witch of the West and Gary Wilmot as The Wizard

5 – 10 March 2024
Venue Cymru, Llandudno
www.venuecymru.co.uk/
VENUE SPECIFIC CASTING: The Vivienne as The Wicked Witch of the West and Gary Wilmot as The Wizard

12 – 16 March 2024
New Wimbledon Theatre
VENUE SPECIFIC CASTING: The Vivienne as The Wicked Witch of the West and Gary Wilmot as The Wizard

19 – 23 March 2024
Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
www.bradford-theatres.co.uk/
VENUE SPECIFIC CASTING: The Vivienne as The Wicked Witch of the West and Gary Wilmot as The Wizard

26 – 30 March 2024
Theatre Royal, Plymouth
www.theatreroyal.com/
VENUE SPECIFIC CASTING: The Vivienne as The Wicked Witch of the West, Alex Bourne as The Wizard

2 – 7 April 2024
Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol
VENUE SPECIFIC CASTING: The Vivienne as The Wicked Witch of the West, Alex Bourne as The Wizard

9 – 13 April 2024
Theatre Royal, Nottingham
www.trch.co.uk/
VENUE SPECIFIC CASTING: The Vivienne as The Wicked Witch of the West, Alex Bourne as The Wizard

16 – 21 April 2024
Theatre Royal, Newcastle
www.theatreroyal.co.uk/
VENUE SPECIFIC CASTING: The Vivienne as The Wicked Witch of the West, Allan Stewart as The Wizard

24 Apr – 5 May 2024
Palace Theatre, Manchester
VENUE SPECIFIC CASTING: Jason Manford as The Cowardly Lion, The Vivienne as The Wicked Witch of the West and Allan Stewart as The Wizard

7 – 12 May 2024
New Victoria Theatre, Woking
VENUE SPECIFIC CASTING: Craig Revel Horwood as The Wicked Witch of the West, Allan Stewart as The Wizard

21 – 26 May 2024
Grand Opera House, Belfast
www.goh.co.uk/
VENUE SPECIFIC CASTING: Craig Revel Horwood as The Wicked Witch of the West, Alex Bourne as The Wizard

28 May – 8 Jun 2024
Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin
www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie/
VENUE SPECIFIC CASTING: Craig Revel Horwood as The Wicked Witch of the West, Alex Bourne as The Wizard

11 – 16 June 2024
Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham
www.birminghamhippodrome.com/
VENUE SPECIFIC CASTING: Craig Revel Horwood as The Wicked Witch of the West, Allan Stewart as The Wizard

2 – 7 Jul 2024
King’s Theatre, Glasgow
VENUE SPECIFIC CASTING: Craig Revel Horwood as The Wicked Witch of the West, Allan Stewart as The Wizard

9 – 13 Jul 2024
His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/
VENUE SPECIFIC CASTING: Craig Revel Horwood as The Wicked Witch of the West, Allan Stewart as The Wizard

16 Jul – 21 Jul 2024
Milton Keynes Theatre
VENUE SPECIFIC CASTING: Craig Revel Horwood as The Wicked Witch of the West, Alex Bourne as The Wizard

23 – 28 Jul 2024
Wales Millenium Centre, Cardiff
www.wmc.org.uk/
VENUE SPECIFIC CASTING: Craig Revel Horwood as The Wicked Witch of the West, Alex Bourne as The Wizard

30 Jul – 4 Aug 2024
Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
www.grandtheatre.co.uk/
VENUE SPECIFIC CASTING: The Vivienne as The Wicked Witch of the West, Alex Bourne as The Wizard

6 – 11 Aug 2024
Empire Theatre, Sunderland
VENUE SPECIFIC CASTING: The Vivienne as The Wicked Witch of the West, Alex Bourne as The Wizard

Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Additional Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Additional Lyrics by Tim Rice
Adaption by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jeremy Sams
Orchestrations by David Cullen
Orchestrations adapted by George Dyer

From the book by L. Frank Baum

Based Upon the Classic Motion Picture owned by Warner Media, and produced with the permission of Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures and EMI Music Publishing

Director Nikolai Foster
Choreographer Shay Barclay
Set Designer Colin Richmond
Projection Designer Douglas O’Connell
Costume and Puppet Designer Rachael Canning
Lighting Designer Ben Cracknell
Sound Designer Adam Fisher
Creative Consultant Mark Kaufman
Musical Supervisor George Dyer
Casting by Debbie O’Brien
Props Supervisor Marcus Hall Props
Wigs, Hair and Makeup Designer Elizabeth Marini

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