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It has today been announced that Curve’s hit production of The Wizard of Oz will play a limited season at the world-famous London Palladium next summer.
The Made at Curve production of the beloved musical is currently running at Leicester’s Curve theatre until Sunday 8 January 2023. Directed by the theatre’s Artistic Director Nikolai Foster, performances at the London Palladium will begin on Friday 23 June next year.
Casting for The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium will be announced in due course.
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, Musical Director and Musical Supervisor is George Dyer, 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.
Speaking about the news, Curve’s Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster said:
“We’re incredibly proud our Made at Curve production of The Wizard of Oz will fly the flag for our theatre and Leicester at the mighty London Palladium next summer. We could never have imagined the yellow brick road would lead us all the way to the Palladium when we first embarked on this exhilarating journey with Dorothy and L. Frank Baum’s iconic characters.
“Our sincere thanks go to Michael Harrison and his team, Andrew Lloyd Webber and all those at the Really Useful Group, our principal funders Arts Council England and Leicester City Council, as well as the incredible company who are transporting audiences right here in Leicester to Oz this Christmas.”
Michael Harrison said:
“The London Palladium is the home of the summer blockbuster musical, and there really will be no place like the Palladium for Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion, as they 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 open the doors to audiences from next June.”
Click your heels together three times and say, ‘there’s no place like Curve!’
Join Dorothy and Toto as they are swept up from sepia-soaked Kansas and transported over the rainbow to the technicolour wonderland of Oz.
On her adventure down the Yellow Brick Road Dorothy meets new friends Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion who help her on her way, but the villainous and frightfully glamourous Wicked Witch has other plans for Dorothy, and in Oz – nothing is quite as it seems.
Through the deep Dark Forest to the bright neon lights of Emerald City, Dorothy and her friends search for the powerful and mysterious Wizard of Oz, the only person who can grant their hearts desires, and maybe even a way home.
Tickets for The Wizard of Oz at Curve are still available. To find out more and book, visit www.curveonline.co.uk, call 0116 242 3595 or visit Curve’s Box Office in-person.
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
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
From the Book by L. Frank Baum
Based upon the Classic Motion Picture owned by Turner Entertainment Co. and produced with the permission of Warner Bros. and EMI Music Publishing
By arrangement with The Really Useful Group Ltd