The Wizard of Oz West End cast revealed with Jason Manford, Ashley Banjo & more

Casting has been revealed for the upcoming West End run of The Wizard Of Oz musical.

The Curve Leicester production transfers to the London Palladium for a limited season this summer, running from 23 June – 3 September 2023. Tickets are on sale now here.

The cast will feature Jason Manford playing The Cowardly Lion and Ashley Banjo as The Tin Man with Gary Wilmot in the title role of the Wizard.

They’ll be joined by Georgina Onuorah as Dorothy, Dianne Pilkington as Wicked Witch of the West, Louis Gaunt as The Scarecrow and Christina Bianco as Glinda The Good Witch.

Completing the company are Ben Thompson, Annie Southall, Charlotte St Croix, Claire O’Leary, Eamonn Cox, Emily Ann Potter, Geoff Aymer, Harrison Wilde, Jacqui Dubois, Jessica Daley, Jonathan Dryden Taylor, Lauren Stroud, Marley Fenton, Michael Lin and Sam Stones.

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.

The musical features new music from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, as well as iconic songs from the original MGM film.

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The production is directed by Curve’s Artistic Director Nikolai Foster with choreography by Shay Barclay, set design by Colin Richmond, costume and puppet design by Rachael Canning, projection designs by Douglas O’Connell, lighting design by Ben Cracknell, sound design by Adam Fisher, wigs, hair & makeup design by Elizabeth Marini, musical direction by George Dyer and casting by Kay Magson CDG. Mark Kaufman is creative consultant, magic consultant is Scott Penrose, props supervisor is Marcus Hall Props and costume supervisor is Anna Josephs.

Following its West End run, the show will tour from the autumn.

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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