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The Wizard of Oz to Open UK Tour at the Liverpool Empire

Michael Harrison and the Really Useful Group are thrilled to announce that The Wizard of Oz, the musical based on the iconic story by L. Frank Baum, will embark on a UK Tour, following this summer’s forthcoming season at the world-famous London Palladium.

The Wizard of OzThe Wizard of Oz will open its tour with a Christmas season at the Liverpool Empire, beginning performances on Wednesday 13 December, with subsequent tour dates announced today through to Spring 2024.

Michael Harrison, the producer of the smash-hit Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat which thrilled audiences on its UK Tour in 2022, now presents Curve’s brand-new production of one of the world’s most beloved musicals.

Join Dorothy, Toto and friends on an unforgettable adventure down the yellow brick road 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.

Directed by Nikolai Foster (Billy Elliot The Musical, A Chorus Line) 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, Musical Director and Musical Supervisor is George Dyer, Casting Director is Kay Magson CDG, Props Supervisor is Marcus Hall Props, and Wigs, Hair and Makeup Designer is Elizabeth Marini.

Michael Harrison said: “There really will be no place like the Liverpool Empire this Christmas, as Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion embark on their journey down the Yellow Brick Road. Nikolai Foster and his team have created a new and magical production of this beloved musical, and we can’t wait to take the show to Liverpool and then to audiences all around the country.

Star casting for The Wizard of Oz is to be confirmed.

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.


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 Director and Musical Supervisor George Dyer
Casting Director Kay Magson CDG
Props Supervisor Marcus Hall Props
Wigs, Hair and Makeup Designer Elizabeth Marini

Casting to be announced

TOUR DATES 2023/24
Weds 13 Dec – Sun 7 Jan Box Office: Box Office: 03330 096 690
Empire Theatre, Liverpool

Tues 16 – Sun 21 Jan Box Office: 023 8071 1811
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Tues 30 Jan – Sat 3 Feb Box Office: 0114 249 600
Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Tues 13 – Sat 17 Feb Box Office: 03330 096 690
Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh

Tues 20 – Sun 25 Feb Box Office: 01702 351135
Cliffs Pavilion Southend

Tues 27 Feb – Sun 3 March Box Office: 01603 630 000
Theatre Royal, Norwich

Tues 5 – Sun 10 March Box Office: 01492 872 000
Venue Cymru, Llandudno

Tues 19 – Sat 23 March Box Office: 01274 432000
Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Tues 26 – Sat 30 March Box Office: 01752 267 222
Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Tues 2 – Sun 7 April Box Office: 03330 096 690
Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol

Tues 9 – Sat 13 April Box Office: 0115 989 5555
Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Tues 16 – Sun 21 April Box Office: 08448 11 21 21
Theatre Royal, Newcastle

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