Dianne Pilkington, Louis Gaunt and Christina Bianco join The Wizard of Oz

Producers of forthcoming London Palladium musical The Wizard of Oz have announced further casting.

Dianne Pilkington, Louis Gaunt and Christina Bianco will join the cast of The Wizard of Oz this Summer.

Dianne will play the Wicked Witch of the West, Louis will be the Scarecrow and Christina will play Glinda The Good Witch.

They join the previously announced Jason Manford (the Cowardly Lion), Ashley Banjo (the Tin Man) and Palladium legend Gary Wilmot, who will play The Wizard.

The Wizard of Oz will run this summer 2023 at the London Palladium, from 23 June to 3 September 2023.

Dianne Pilkington has starred in West End shows including Wicked (as Glinda at Apollo Victoria Theatre) and Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein (Garrick Theatre) and originated the iconic role of Eglantine Price in the world stage premiere of Bedknobs and Broomsticks (National Tour).

Louis Gaunt has West End credits including the title role in last year’s production of Jack and the Beanstalk (London Palladium) and Bert in Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre). He can be seen as Lord Lumley in Series 2 of hit series Bridgerton on Netflix.

Christina Bianco is a two-time Drama Desk Award nominee, who made her West End debut starring in the Menier Chocolate Factory’s production of Forbidden Broadway at the Vaudeville Theatre. She captured international acclaim as a YouTube sensation with her ‘diva’ impression videos gaining over 25 million views.

The show boasts the 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, plus additional songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

The show is directed by Nikolai Foster (Billy Elliot The Musical, A Chorus Line) and choreographed by Shay Barclay.

Other creators include 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 and Wigs, Hair and Makeup Designer Elizabeth Marini.

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📷 Main photo: Christina Bianco, Dianne Pilkington & Louis Gaunt

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