Aston Merrygold and The Vivienne Will Star in Limited London Run of The Wizard of Oz | Playbill

London News Aston Merrygold and The Vivienne Will Star in Limited London Run of The Wizard of Oz

The current U.K. and Ireland tour of the classic work will play the West End's Gillian Lynne this summer.

Aston Merrygold and The Vivienne

The current U.K. and Ireland tour of The Wizard of Oz will conclude its run this summer with a limited engagement in London's West End.

The family favorite, directed by Nikolai Foster with choreography by Shay Barclay, will play the Gillian Lynne Theatre August 15–September 8. Tickets will go on sale to the general public March 28.

JLS star Aston Merrygold and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK winner and Dancing on Ice finalist The Vivienne will return to the roles of, respectively, The Tin Man and The Wicked Witch of the West (respectively), for the London run.

They will be joined in the West End by principal company members currently starring in the tour, including Aviva Tulley (The Book of Mormon U.K. tour) as Dorothy, Benjamin Yates (Emmerdale, Jersey Boys) as The Scarecrow, Nic Greenshields (Love Never Dies, Les Misérables) as The Cowardly Lion, and Abigail Matthews as Toto. Additional casting will be announced.

Producer Michael Harrison said in a statement, “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.”

Based upon the the book by L. Frank Baum and the classic film owned by Warner Media, The Wizard of Oz has music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by E.Y. Harburg, additional music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, additional lyrics by Tim Rice, and an adaptation by Lloyd Webber and Jeremy Sams.

The production also features orchestrations by David Cullen, orchestrations adapted by George Dyer, set design by Colin Richmond, projection design by Douglas O’Connell, costume and puppet design by Rachael Canning, lighting design by Ben Cracknell, sound design by Adam Fisher, creative consulting by Mark Kaufman, musical supervision by George Dyer, casting by Debbie O’Brien, props supervision by Marcus Hall Props, and wigs, hair, and makeup design by Elizabeth Marini.

The Wizard of Oz on tour is presented 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. This staging was originally produced at the Curve.


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