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Photos: First Look at Hope Mill Theatre's THE WIZ

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The show, currently in previews, runs through January 16 2022

With previews underway and press night on Sunday, stunning images by Pamela Raith have been released from a radical new Black British version of the 70s musical The Wiz: The Super Soul Musical Wonderful Wizard of Oz at Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester.

Directed by Matthew Xia ('Into the Woods', Royal Exchange), The Wiz is a joyous retelling of L. Frank Baum's classic children's novel 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'. This re-imagined 2021 Manchester version boasts new orchestrations and offers a contemporary take on the discovery of self-determination and Black joy.

It runs at Hope Mill Theatre to Sunday 16 January 2022.

The cast includes Cherelle Wiliams is Dorothy; Tarik Frimpong, Scarecrow; Llewellyn Graham, Tin Man; Jonathan Andre, Lion; Cameron Bernard Jones, The Wiz; Anelisa Lamola, Addaperle; Bree Smith, Aunt Em & Glinda; Kofi Dennis, Lord High; Ashh Blackwood, Evillene.
Andile Mabhena, Shayna McPherson, Dylan Gordon-Jones, Samantha Shuma, and Marisha Morgan make up the ensemble.


Director Matthew Xia; Musical Supervisor and Orchestrations Sean Green; Musical Director Ehsaan Shivarani; Choreographer Leah Hill; Design Simon Kenny; Projection Designer George Reeve, Associate Projection Designer Kira May O'Brien, Associate Costume Design Maybelle Laye; Lighting Design Simisola Majekodunmi; Sound Design Tony Gayle; Casting Director Ryan Carter; Casting Mentor Anne Vosser.

'The Wiz' is show is produced by Hope Mill Theatre, Ameena Hamid Productions & Chuchu Nwagu Productions. Tickets can be purchased here.

Photo Credit: Pamela Raith

Photos: First Look at Hope Mill Theatre's THE WIZ
Cherelle WIlliams & Company of THE WIZ

Photos: First Look at Hope Mill Theatre's THE WIZ
Bree Smith & Cherelle WIlliams

Photos: First Look at Hope Mill Theatre's THE WIZ
Cameron Bernard Jones

Photos: First Look at Hope Mill Theatre's THE WIZ
Anelisa Lamola & the Company of THE WIZ

Photos: First Look at Hope Mill Theatre's THE WIZ
Ashh Blackwood & Company of THE WIZ

Photos: First Look at Hope Mill Theatre's THE WIZ
Tarik Fimpong, Cherelle WIlliams, Jonathan Andre, & Llewellyn Graham

Photos: First Look at Hope Mill Theatre's THE WIZ
Ensemble of THE WIZ

Photos: First Look at Hope Mill Theatre's THE WIZ
Tarik Fimpong, Cherelle WIlliams, Jonathan Andre, & Llewellyn Graham

Photos: First Look at Hope Mill Theatre's THE WIZ
Bree Smith

Photos: First Look at Hope Mill Theatre's THE WIZ
Tarik Frimpong, Llewellyn Graham, & Jonathan Andre


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