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The Wizard of Oz Tickets – The London Palladium, London

The Wizard of Oz, based on the iconic story by L. Frank Baum, will play a strictly limited season at London’s Palladium in the West End in the summer of 2023.

Michael Harrison, the producer of the smash-hit Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, presents Curve’s brand-new production of one of the world’s most beloved musicals, beginning performances on Friday 23 June (Press Night at the London Palladium: Thursday 6 July).
The Wizard of Oz
Join Dorothy and Toto on an unforgettable adventure as they are swept over the rainbow on an adventure to the merry old land of Oz.

Featuring 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 magical experience for all the family.

The Wizard of Oz is directed by Nikolai Foster, The Wizard of Oz has choreography by Shay Barclay, 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, 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 Wizard of Oz London Cast

Cast includes award-winning comedian and musical theatre star Jason Manford as The Cowardly Lion, Diversity star Ashley Banjo as The Tin Man in his West End musical debut and The London Palladium legend Gary Wilmot as The Wizard and Professor Marvel.

Jason Manford

Jason Manford is a well-known English actor, comedian, and television presenter. He was born on May 26, 1981, in Manchester, England. Manford began his career in comedy, performing at various clubs and events. He later went on to become a regular on the TV show 8 Out of 10 Cats and also hosted his own show, The One Show. Manford has also appeared in several stage productions, including Sweeney Todd and The Producers. He is known for his quick wit, affable personality, and ability to connect with audiences, making him a popular performer both on stage and on television.

Ashley Banjo

Ashley Banjo is a British dancer, choreographer, and television personality. He was born on October 4, 1988, in London, England. Banjo first gained fame as the leader of the dance troupe Diversity, which won the third series of Britain’s Got Talent in 2009. He went on to choreograph and appear in several TV shows, including Got to Dance and Dancing on Ice. Banjo also served as a judge on Dancing on Ice and The Greatest Dancer. He is known for his innovative and dynamic dance routines, as well as his charming and personable on-screen presence.

In 2011, 18-year-old student Danielle Hope played ‘Dorothy’ in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of The Wizard of Oz, after winning the BBC’s reality show ‘Over The Rainbow’.

Follow the yellow brick road next summer to The London Palladium and see Wizard of Oz,!

Michael Harrison, Gavin Kalin with David Mirvish, Crossroads Live, Tulchin Bartner Productions, Rupert Gavin & Mallory Factor by arrangement with The Really Useful Group Limited, present the Curve production of The Wizard of Oz.

The Wizard of Oz is a beloved American classic that has captivated audiences of all ages for over a century. The story, first published as a children’s novel in 1900 by L. Frank Baum, has since been adapted into numerous plays, movies, and even a popular Broadway musical.

At its core, The Wizard of Oz is a story about a young girl named Dorothy Gale who is swept away from her Kansas farm by a cyclone and transported to the magical land of Oz. There, she embarks on a journey to find the Wizard of Oz, who she believes can help her return home.

Along the way, she meets a group of unlikely friends: a scarecrow who longs for a brain, a tin woodman in search of a heart, and a cowardly lion seeking courage. Together, they face numerous challenges, including the Wicked Witch of the West, who wants to take Dorothy’s magical slippers, and the treacherous poppy field that threatens to put them all to sleep.

The Wizard of Oz has resonated with audiences for over a century for several reasons. First, it is a classic hero’s journey, with Dorothy and her friends facing numerous obstacles and ultimately triumphing over evil. This theme of perseverance and triumph over adversity is one that resonates with people of all ages and backgrounds.

Additionally, the characters in The Wizard of Oz are all relatable and endearing in their own ways. Dorothy is brave and resourceful, the scarecrow is wise in his own way, the tin woodman is kind and loyal, and the cowardly lion is ultimately courageous when it matters most. These characters serve as archetypes that audiences can identify with and root for.

Finally, The Wizard of Oz is a story that is rich in symbolism and metaphor. The magical land of Oz can be seen as a metaphor for the human imagination, and the journey that Dorothy takes can be seen as a journey of self-discovery and personal growth. The yellow brick road that she travels on can be seen as a metaphor for the path that we all must take in life, with its twists and turns and unexpected obstacles.

In conclusion, The Wizard of Oz is a timeless classic that has captured the hearts and imaginations of generations of readers and viewers. Its enduring popularity can be attributed to its themes of perseverance, relatable and endearing characters, and rich symbolism and metaphor. As long as there are children (and adults) who dream of magical lands and heroic journeys, The Wizard of Oz will continue to inspire and delight audiences for generations to come.

Book Your Wizard of Oz Tickets for 2023.

Book your Wizard of Oz Tickets
London Palladium, West End.
23 Jun 2023 – 3 Sep 2023

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