Leeds Playhouse’s festive family musical, The Wizard of Oz, is going to be the hottest ticket in town this year.
The ever busy Artistic Director James Brining will be directing the show, a timeless adventure following Dorothy as she travels over the rainbow and meets a gang of friends who will eventually help her to defeat the Wicked Witch of the West.
The star role of Dorothy will be shared by Lucy Sherman and Agatha Meehan – the girls are 14 and 12 respectively, very very young to be leading the whole show! Yet lead they must. I’m not sure how I feel about such inexperienced young ladies taking on such a big part, and I fear it might end up a little irritating. Though only time will tell.
The girls will be joined by a much more experienced cast of pro actors including Eleanor Sutton as Scarecrow, Sam Harrison as Tin Man, Marcus Ayton as Lion, Polly Lister as the Wicked Witch and Angela Wynter as Glinda. The Wizard will be played by Graham Hoadly. You only have to give the cast a Google to see their extensive theatre credits. It’s certainly a very talented group of actors!
Leeds Playhouse Artistic Director James Brining said: “It seems wonderfully apt that we have brought together such a magical cast for our first Christmas in our redeveloped building. The role of Dorothy is an iconic part to play and I am thrilled to be giving this opportunity to two local young people from the Leeds City Region. Our incredible company will help to make our festive centrepiece and first Christmas production back in the transformed Leeds Playhouse, a truly enchanting adventure for the whole family to enjoy. I can’t wait to share this gift of a show with everyone.”
The show comes to Leeds Playhouse from 20th November 2019 – 25th January 2020.