Storyhouse Announce THE WIZARD OF OZ For 2018 Christmas Show
The classic musical The Wizard of Oz is announced as Storyhouse's 2018 Christmas show.
Christmas 2018 at Storyhouse will see The Wizard of Oz performed at Chester's theatre between 7 December 2018 - 6 January 2019.
Based on the classic MGM motion picture starring Julie Garland, Storyhouse is staging the RSCs version of L. Frank Baum's books, featuring the well- known songs Somewhere Over the Rainbow and We're Off to See the Wizard. With music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E Y Harburg and orchestration by Larry Wilcox. James Perkins will design (The Secret Seven, Storyhouse, Sweet Chariot, Royal Exchange).
The production will be directed by Storyhouse's artistic director Alex Clifton (A Little Night Music, The Secret Seven, The Beggar's Opera, A Midsummer Night's Dream).
The Wizard of Oz is one of the best known and enduring children's stories of all time, made famous by Judy Garland in 1939 with MGM's technicolour film.
Alex Clifton artistic director, Storyhouse said: 'The Wizard of Oz is a wonderful, vibrant, fun and brilliantly familiar story to tell. Our version will feature all the favourite characters, songs and scenes from the movie but with lots of new things to discover as well. Building on the incredible success of The Secret Seven and the fantastic response it received from theatregoers we are confident The Wizard of Oz will be another gorgeous Christmas treat in Chester.'
Tickets are on sale now at storyhouse.com
Storyhouse is creating a new model for a modern cultural organisation. It is the first arts organisation to run a city library. An independent cinema, theatre, library and Levantine restaurant, it produces work for its own stage half of the year and welcomes touring shows for the other half. It is already one of the city's principal visitor attractions and welcomes 3,000 visitors a day. The library has the longest opening hours in the UK and its community programmes reaches in excess of 150,000 individuals. It sold 42,000 tickets for the company's opening four productions and welcomed 1m customers in its first year.