Pins and Needles Productions, in league with Bristol’s Tobacco Factory Theatre makes a reliably bold move by taking something familiar and confounding expectations every step of the way.
In Theatre Peckham’s rewriting of Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, the action takes place much closer to home than Kansas, and there’s no Dorothy or Auntie Em in sight.
The Wizard of Oz is a celebrated and must see Christmas/winter treat for one and all. The Leeds Playhouse again has successfully delivered.
Opening in London this month is the transfer of the NT’s Nine Night (now at Trafalgar Studios), Jailbirds at the Etcetera Theatre, Pinocchio at The Albany, One For The Road at the Rosemary Branch, Orpheus at Battersea Arts Centre and Pinter 5 & 6 will arrive at the Harold Pinter Theatre.
The message of course – and, thank goodness, most companies are already well aware of it – is that if you want your show reviewed, both this one and the ones you’ll produce in the future, then you need to treat critics with basic courtesy. “If you prick us do we not bleed?”
Ever-emerald classic The Wizard of Oz gleams with the polish of new designs, new humour and even new songs.
Judy Garland et al may be captured, beautifully, in that flickering light beam and one may know the movie thoroughly, but Gabriele truly takes this score of The Wizard of Oz over the rainbow.
Andrew Lloyd Webber would have been over the rainbow with the Sydney premiere of The Wizard of Oz. From the moment the stage curtains opened, the audience was captivated.
The Wizard of Oz gains a fresh reinterpretation with Regal Entertainment Ltd’s production of the classic musical, whilst retaining many of the theatrical characteristics that have made it a much-loved family tale for almost eighty years.
Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres Robert Hastie has announced his inaugural season for 2017, which includes, at the Crucible, his own productions of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and The Wizard of Oz, major class revivals of Desire Under the Elms and Uncle Vanya, two world premieres and a regional premiere.
Fantastical extravaganza: The Southern Light Opera Company charm and fascinate as they take the trip over the rainbow every day until Saturday at the Kings Theatre, Edinburgh.