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The Wizard of Oz Returns To The West End This Summer. A Strictly Limited Season Begins at The Gillian Lynne Theatre on the 15th August 2024

Michael Harrison and the Really Useful Group are thrilled to announce that The Wizard of Oz will conclude its major UK and Ireland tour with a season in London this summer, playing a strictly limited run of 38 performances only from Thursday 15 August – Sunday 8 September 2024 at the Gillian Lynne Theatre. Tickets go on general sale Thursday 28March at 10am. 

The Wizardx of Oz returns to the west end on Screen One

STARRING

ASTON MERRYGOLD as THE TIN MAN | THE VIVIENNE as THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST

 WITH

AVIVA TULLEY as DOROTHY, BENJAMIN YATES as THE SCARECROW, NIC GREENSHIELDS as THE COWARDLY LION and ABIGAIL MATTHEWS as TOTO.

FURTHER CASTING TO BE ANNOUNCED

Performances begin Thursday 15 August

The Wizard of Oz on Screen One

This new production of the beloved musical, based on the iconic story by L. Frank Baum,also announces initial casting for London today, as JLS star Aston Merrygold (The Tin Man) and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK winner and Dancing on Ice finalist The Vivienne (The Wicked Witch of the West) are both confirmed to return to their celebrated roles. Further casting to be announced.

Aston Merrygold and The Vivienne will be joined in the West End by principal company members currently starring in the UK and Ireland touring production, including: Aviva Tulley(Book of Mormon, UK Tour) as DorothyBenjamin Yates (ITV’s EmmerdaleJersey Boys, West End) as The Scarecrow, Nic Greenshields (Love Never Dies West End; Les Misérables West End, International Tour) as The Cowardly Lion and Abigail Matthews as Toto (Bleak Expectations, West End; War Horse, West End). See biogs HERE

Producer, Michael Harrison says of today’s announcement: “The Wizard of Oz was seen by an incredible 185,000 people at the London Palladium last summer and is currently smashing box office records on its U.K. tour, so it feels absolutely appropriate that we return this spectacular production to the West End during the summer holidays for 38 performances only, with an incredible cast led by Aston Merrygold and The Vivienne.”

Aston Merrigold in The Wizard of Oz on Screen One

To book tickets for the London season, and for information about specific casting go to www.wizardofozmusical.com.

Aston Merrygold will perform at select dates, reprising his London Palladium and touring role as The Tin Man. Aston became known for his incredible stage presence during his time with X Factor-formed band JLS, who went on to sell out countless arena tours and sell over 10 million records, including five Number 1 hits and numerous awards. Whilst the band took a seven-year break, Aston made strides in his career appearing in the West End, on Strictly Come Dancing and releasing his platinum debut single Get Stupid and more recently Sweat, Right Here, Overboard and Share a Coke.

JLS made their comeback last year and performed to sold-out arenas all over the UK and Ireland. Aston has continued to remain at the forefront of entertainment, becoming a judge on the Sky 1 talent show, Got To Dance. He was also unmasked as Robin in the Semi Finals of the 2020/2021 series of Masked Singer UK and joined the cast of CBBC’s comedy-drama, Almost Never, playing Jordan, the new manager of The Wonderland, was a panellist on the Masked Singer Live tour across the UK and starred as Willard in Footloose the Musical. Most recently, Aston hosted Heart FM’s Saturday Night 00s Show and has also announced his Solo Tour HousePartyLove where he will be playing in Glasgow, Birmingham, London, Manchester and Belfast in October 2024. Femi Akinfolarin (Treason, UK Tour; Moulin Rouge! The Musical, West End) will appear as The Tin Man at all other dates (see notes to editors).

The Vivienne is set to wow the West End as The Wicked Witch of the West following her celebrated performances on tour. The Vivienne is without doubt the UK’s No.1 drag superstar, after emerging as the original champion of the first season of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. Since then, she has become a huge star both in the UK and internationally appearing on TV regularly and releasing music for fans across the globe. 2022 saw The Vivienne’s TV career go global when she appeared on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars All Winners’ on US TV. 

The Vivienne in The Wizard of Oz on Screen One

2023 saw The Vivienne make history as the first drag star to appear on a major UK reality competition series, competing in ‘Dancing On Ice’ on ITV. Viv made it through the Top 3, with breathtaking performances in the final. 2023 also saw The Vivienne become the face and voice of the BBC’s Eurovision Song Contest trailers. In addition, she performed ‘Waterloo‘ at the massive Eurovision opening ceremony in Liverpool city centre. 

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. Originally produced at Curve.

www.wizardofozmusical.com


LONDON SUMMER SEASON – LISTINGS

Gillian Lynne Theatre

Thursday 15 August – Sunday 8 September 2024

166 Drury Ln, London WC2B 5PW

*PLEASE NOTE SPECIFIC CAST PERFORMANCE DATES 

Aston Merrygold will appear as The Tin Man on all dates with the exception of: Tues 20,Sat 24, Tue 27 and Sat 31 August. Femi Akinfolarin will play all other dates.

THE WIZARD OF OZ

www.wizardofozmusical.com

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 Props
Wigs, Hair and Makeup Designer Elizabeth Marini

Tickets

www.wizardofozmusical.com

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