The Wizard of Oz to tour the UK following London Palladium run

The Leicester Curve’s hit revival of The Wizard of Oz is embarking on a big UK tour.

The announcement comes even before the show has started its run at the London Palladium – from 23 June 2023.

Also casting is yet to be announced.

The Wizard of Oz tour will kick off with a Christmas season at the Liverpool Empire from 13 December 2023, before embarking on the tour of the UK (see dates below).

The show is based on L. Frank Baum’s much-loved story, and features the iconic original score by Harold Arlen (music) and E.Y. Harburg (lyrics) from the Oscar-winning MGM film, including Over The Rainbow, Follow The Yellow Brick Road and We’re Off To See the Wizard.

Plus the musical has additional songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, and the show is adapted by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jeremy Sams.

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. Orchestrations are by David Cullen, and Orchestrations are adapted by George Dyer.

The tour’s producers include Michael Harrison and Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group.

Michael Harrison said in a press statement: “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.”

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The Wizard of Oz Tour Dates 2023 / 2024

Weds 13 Dec – Sun 7 Jan
Empire Theatre, Liverpool

Tues 16 – Sun 21 Jan
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Tues 30 Jan – Sat 3 Feb
Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Tues 13 – Sat 17 Feb
Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh

Tues 20 – Sun 25 Feb
Cliffs Pavilion Southend

Tues 27 Feb – Sun 3 March
Theatre Royal, Norwich

Tues 5 – Sun 10 March
Venue Cymru, Llandudno

Tues 19 – Sat 23 March
Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Tues 26 – Sat 30 March
Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Tues 2 – Sun 7 April
Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol

Tues 9 – Sat 13 April
Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Tues 16 – Sun 21 April
Theatre Royal, Newcastle

📷 Main photo: The Wizard of Oz. Ruby Shoes by Thomas Rowe (Parachute Collective), designed by Costume and Puppet Designer Rachael Canning - Photography by Marc Brenner.

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