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Photos: THE WIZARD OF OZ West End Red Carpet

Audiences are following the yellow brick road over the rainbow to see Danielle Hope, winner of BBC TV's Over the Rainbow, play Dorothy at The London Palladium, the capital's home of the family musical. Here is a look at photos from the red carpet for opening night in London tonight!

Andrew Lloyd Webber's new The Wizard of Oz is one of the biggest theatre events of the year, combining all the much-loved songs from the Oscar-winning movie score with new songs written with Tim Rice

Joining Hope in the cast are Michael Crawford  (Professor Marvel/The Wizard of Oz), Edward Baker-Duly (Hickory/Tin Man),  David Ganly (Zeke/Cowardly Lion), Paul Keating (Hunk/Scarecrow), Emily Tierney (Glinda), and Hannah Waddingham (Miss Gulch/Wicked Witch of the West) will be joined by: Sophie Evans  (Alternate Dorothy),  Stephen Scott (Uncle Henry/Ensemble, first cover Professor Marvel/The Wizard of Oz), and Helen Walsh (Aunt Em/Munchkin Barrister/Ensemble).

Developed from the ever-popular 1939 MGM screenplay, The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally reconceived for the stage by the award-winning creative team who delighted audiences of all ages with their recent London Palladium revival of The Sound of Music. Audiences will be captivated as The London Palladium is transformed into the mythical Emerald City with breathtaking special effects and scenery to bring to life the real story of Oz.

The London Palladium, arguably the world's most famous theatre and this year celebrating its 100th birthday, is a great favourite with performers and audiences alike and has a very rich entertainment history presenting variety, pantomime and spectacular family musicals. Just one aspect of the elaborate stage design for The Wizard of Oz will be a restoration of the legendary revolving stage which everyone remembers from the finale of Television's Sunday Night at the London Palladium.

The Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum is directed by Jeremy Sams, choreographed by Arlene Phillips, music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E Y Harburg, with additional music and lyrics by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice with the set and costumes designed by Robert Jones. produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Bill Kenwright.

Tickets are available from The London Palladium Box Office on 0844 412 2957 or online from www.wizardofozthemusical.com


Photos by Jane Hobson/London News Pictures

 

Photos: THE WIZARD OF OZ West End Red Carpet

Photos: THE WIZARD OF OZ West End Red Carpet
Tmsin Outhwaite

Photos: THE WIZARD OF OZ West End Red Carpet
Jodie Prenger

Photos: THE WIZARD OF OZ West End Red Carpet
David Frost

Photos: THE WIZARD OF OZ West End Red Carpet
Stephanie Davis

Photos: THE WIZARD OF OZ West End Red Carpet
Lord Lloyd-Webber and family arrive

Photos: THE WIZARD OF OZ West End Red Carpet
The Dorothy contestants arrive

Photos: THE WIZARD OF OZ West End Red Carpet
Christopher Biggins and friend arrive

Photos: THE WIZARD OF OZ West End Red Carpet
Michael and Shakira Caine arrive

Photos: THE WIZARD OF OZ West End Red Carpet
Barbra Windsor

Photos: THE WIZARD OF OZ West End Red Carpet
Duncan from Blue

Photos: THE WIZARD OF OZ West End Red Carpet
Michael Winner and his wife arrive

Photos: THE WIZARD OF OZ West End Red Carpet
Charlotte Church and John Partridge arrive

Photos: THE WIZARD OF OZ West End Red Carpet
Charlotte Church and John Partridge arrive

Photos: THE WIZARD OF OZ West End Red Carpet
Gloria Hunniford and husband.

Photos: THE WIZARD OF OZ West End Red Carpet
Anthony Andrews and family.

Photos: THE WIZARD OF OZ West End Red Carpet
George Lamb and daughter.

Photos: THE WIZARD OF OZ West End Red Carpet
Gloria Hunniford

Photos: THE WIZARD OF OZ West End Red Carpet
Vanessa Feltz & Ben Ofoedo arrive

Photos: THE WIZARD OF OZ West End Red Carpet
Rory Bremner and wife arrive

Photos: THE WIZARD OF OZ West End Red Carpet
Lesley Garrett and daughter arrive

 

Photos: THE WIZARD OF OZ West End Red Carpet


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