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🌈 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to play to over 21,000 theatre fans at the Edinburgh Playhouse this half term

Updated: Feb 28

The Wizard of Oz UK Tour at Edinburgh Playhouse February 2024. The Vivienne and Gary Wilmot

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FINAL TICKETS FOR THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SHOW STARRING THE VIVIENNE AS THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST AND GARY WILMOT AS THE WIZARD ARE ON SALE HERE

 

 

EDINBURGH PLAYHOUSE 13 – 17 FEB 2024

 

The Edinburgh Playhouse tonight welcomes the cast of The Wizard of Oz for a week-long run at the UK’s largest all-seated theatre, where a staggering 21,000 audience members have already booked to see the show this half term. The new musical, based on the iconic story by L. Frank Baum, tours the UK and Ireland throughout 2024, following a celebrated run at the world-famous London Palladium and plays 8 performances only in Edinburgh from Tue 13 – Sat 17 February. Starring The Vivienne as The Wicked Witch of the West and Gary Wilmot as The Wizard, the few remaining tickets for the most magical show in the city this week can be purchased HERE


The Wizard of Oz UK Tour company. Photo credit: Marc Brenner

 

Producer Michael Harrison says of the show’s success in Edinburgh “It has been joyful to see such an incredible reaction to this magical new tour of The Wizard of Oz and we are absolutely delighted that over 21,000 theatre fans have already booked to see the show in Edinburgh this half term. With Gary Wilmot reprising his London Palladium role as The Wizard, The Vivienne giving a show-stopping Wicked Witch of the West and the glorious vocals of Aviva Tulley as Dorothy, audience members are in for a real treat. Our friends at the Edinburgh Playhouse are incredible hosts and we know that the warmest welcome awaits!”

 

Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre Director, Gordon Millar, added: “We’re delighted that so many people are choosing to spend their February break in the company of Dorothy and the wonderful Wizard of Oz. This is a stand-out example of the thrilling productions we present all year round for audiences at the Edinburgh Playhouse”.


Who is in The Wizard of Oz cast for Edinburgh?


The Wizard of Oz UK Tour. Gary Wilmot as The Wizard. Photo credit: Marc Brenner

Principle casting at the Edinburgh Playhouse features RuPaul’s Drag Race UK winner and Dancing on Ice finalist, The Vivienne who will play The Wicked Witch of the West and Gary Wilmot, who reprises his role as The Wizard - following a smash-hit season at the London Palladium this summer - principal casting is completed by Aviva Tulley (Book of Mormon, UK Tour) as Dorothy, Benjamin Yates (ITV’s Emmerdale; Jersey Boys, West End) as The Scarecrow, Marley Fenton (The Wizard of Oz, West End; Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends, West End) as The Tin Man, Nic Greenshields (Love Never Dies West End; Les Misérables West End, International Tour) as The Cowardly Lion, Emily Bull (9 to 5, UK Tour; Matilda UK Tour) as Glinda The Good Witch and Abigail Matthews as Toto (Bleak Expectations, West End; War Horse, West End).

 

Please note: The show tours to Glasgow and Aberdeen in July 2024 – The Vivienne and Gary Wilmot do not star at these dates. For more info see 'Scottish Listings' below and for full casting at these venues, please see www.wizardofozmusical.com

 

The cast is completed by David Burrows, Adam Craig, Cole Dunn, Tyler Ephraim, Olivia Kate Holding, Thomas Kalek, Sadie Levett, Kelsie-Rae Marshall, Martin McCarthy, Rose Ouellette, Fanja Parent, Alexandra Regan, Nathan Routledge and Sydney Spencer. 


Aviva Tulley in The Wizard of Oz UK Tour. Photo credit: Marc Brenner

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 truly 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 Supervisor is George Dyer, casting by Debbie O’Brien, Props Supervisor is Marcus Hall. Props, and Wigs, Hair and Makeup Designer is Elizabeth Marini.


The Wizard of Oz on tour is presented Michael Harrison, Gavin Kalin Productions, David Mirvish, Crossroads Live, Nick Thomas, Rupert Gavin and Mallory Factor, Jake Hine and Playing Field, by arrangement with the Really Useful Group Ltd.

 

 

Scottish listings: The Wizard of Oz UK Tour 2024


13 – 17 Feb 2024                                             

🌈 Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

 

2 – 7 Jul 2024

🌈 King’s Theatre, Glasgow

(Starring Craig Revel Horwood and Allan Stewart)

 

9 – 13 Jul 2024

🌈 His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen

(Starring Craig Revel Horwood and Allan Stewart)


More dates and info: 

THE WIZARD OF OZ


 

The Wizard of Oz UK Tour Creatives

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 Supervisor George Dyer

Casting by Debbie O’Brien

Props Supervisor Marcus Hall

PropsWigs, Hair and Makeup Designer Elizabeth Marini


📸 Production photos credit: Marc Brenner


 



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