Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Photos: Inside Rehearsal For THE WIZARD OF OZ at Leicester Curve

Performances run Saturday 19 November 2022 to Sunday 8 January 2023.

There's no place like Curve this Christmas as the theatre reveals the full cast of its festive musical The Wizard of Oz. Check out rehearsal photos below!

Running in Leicester Saturday 19 November 2022 to Sunday 8 January 2023, the previously announced Georgina Onuorah (Dorothy) will be joined by Leicestershire's Jonny Fines (Curve's My Beautiful Laundrette and An Officer and a Gentleman) as Scarecrow, Paul French (Curve's Grease, Dominion Theatre) as Tin Man and Giovanni Spanó (Bat Out Of Hell, London Coliseum) as Lion. Ben Thompson (101 Dalmatians, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre) will take on the role of Dorothy's canine companion Toto, brought to life on stage using puppetry.

Stage, screen and YouTube sensation Christina Bianco will play Glinda, while Charlotte Jaconelli (Heathers the Musical, Theatre Royal Haymarket and Britain's Got Talent runner-up) will join as the Wicked Witch of the West. Leicester actor Mark Peachey, who first made his Curve debut in the theatre's community production of Richard III and has recently appeared in Dear Evan Hansen in the West End, will take on the role of Professor Marvel and the Wizard.

Dorothy's Aunt Em will be played by Jacqui Dubois (Bedknobs and Broomsticks, UK tour) and Uncle Henry will be played by Geoffrey Aymer, who was last seen on Curve's stage in the WhatsOnStage Award-winning Made at Curve production of The Color Purple.

The cast is completed by Andrew Dillon, Jonathan Dryden Taylor, Martin McCarthy, Ellie Mitchell, Natasha Mould, Mervin Noronha, Amy Oxley, Andrew Patrick-Walker, Christina Shand, Charlotte St. Croix, Tom Watson and Daisy West.

The Made at Curve production of The Wizard of Oz will be directed by Curve's Artistic Director Nikolai Foster, whose recent productions have included the acclaimed Billy Elliot the Musical, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, A Chorus Line and Grease, which is currently running at the Dominion Theatre.

This production of The Wizard of Oz marks the regional premiere of the musical which features additional songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, as well as Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg's iconic songs from the original MGM film, including 'Over the Rainbow', 'Follow the Yellow Brick Road' and 'We're Off to see the Wizard'.

The production will be choreographed by Shay Barclay, with George Dyer as Musical Director and Musical Supervisor. The spectacular world of Oz will be created on Curve's stage by set designer Colin Richmond, with projection designs by Douglas O'Connell, costume and puppet design by Rachael Canning, lighting design by Curve Associate Ben Cracknell and sound design by Adam Fisher.



Pentabus Launch Their Spring/Summer Season Photo
Pentabus are launching their Spring/Summer season which features one new commission, two new Digital theatre premieres, two new Writers-in-Residence and the return of Pentabus Young Writers live production with eight brilliant new plays.

THE SWEARING JAR Will Embark on UK Tour Photo
The UK premiere of a multi-award winning Canadian play, recently made into a film, The Swearing Jar is a comedy about love, heartbreak, living with the past and accepting the future.

MYTHOS: RAGNAROK Will Embark on UK Tour This Year Photo
Following a sell-out Edinburgh Fringe run in 2022, Mythos: Ragnarök, is embarking on its first ever UK tour in 2023.

Northern Broadsides Announces Ruth Cooke As Their New Executive Director Photo
Northern Broadsides has announced the appointment of Ruth Cooke as their new Executive Director. Having had extensive experience of leadership within the arts, Cooke specialises in communications, audience development, and community engagement.


More Hot Stories For You


THE SWEARING JAR Will Embark on UK TourTHE SWEARING JAR Will Embark on UK Tour
February 3, 2023

The UK premiere of a multi-award winning Canadian play, recently made into a film, The Swearing Jar is a comedy about love, heartbreak, living with the past and accepting the future.

MYTHOS: RAGNAROK Will Embark on UK Tour This YearMYTHOS: RAGNAROK Will Embark on UK Tour This Year
February 3, 2023

Following a sell-out Edinburgh Fringe run in 2022, Mythos: Ragnarök, is embarking on its first ever UK tour in 2023.

Belgrade Theatre Coventry Announce Further Details Of Their 2023 Spring SeasonBelgrade Theatre Coventry Announce Further Details Of Their 2023 Spring Season
February 2, 2023

Laura Elliot and Corey Campbell, the new leadership team of the Belgrade Theatre Coventry, have revealed further details of the spring 2023 season, which will include a series of high quality, co-created dramas, co-produced with nationally and internationally renowned companies and theatres; as they further cement the programming under the umbrella of their vision of the Belgrade as a 'Theatre of Diverse Stories'.

Northern Broadsides Announces Ruth Cooke As Their New Executive DirectorNorthern Broadsides Announces Ruth Cooke As Their New Executive Director
February 2, 2023

Northern Broadsides has announced the appointment of Ruth Cooke as their new Executive Director. Having had extensive experience of leadership within the arts, Cooke specialises in communications, audience development, and community engagement.

Radical Ticket Pricing Announced For THE FUEL CRISIS At The REPRadical Ticket Pricing Announced For THE FUEL CRISIS At The REP
February 2, 2023

Since the end of the first lockdown multi-award-winning director Phil Willmott's THE REP has been at the forefront of rethinking every aspect of how theatre is made and marketed in the new climate.