8 Argyll Street
(2mins) Exit 8 from the tube goes out onto Argyll Street (opposite the large Topshop). The theatre is 100 metres down the road.
|Booking From:||Monday, 7th February 2011|
|Booking Until:||Sunday, 2nd September 2012|
|Matinees:||Wednesday and Saturday at 2:30pm, Sunday at 3pm|
|Evenings:||Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday to Saturday 7:30pm. From the 21st February Tuesday performances start at 7.30pm|
|Running Time:||2 hours 45 minutes|
|Age Restriction:||Suitable for ages 5 and over. Contains occasional distressing scenes for very young children.|
Age Restriction: Suitable for ages 5 and over. Contains occasional distressing scenes for very young children.
Hot on the heels of “Over the Rainbow”, the BBC television series designed to bring a new Dorothy to a West End stage, comes The Wizard of Oz, the spectacular new production of the L Frank Baum classic presented by the mighty Andrew Lloyd Webber. It arrives at the London Palladium in March 2011 and is set to take audiences back to the Land of Oz as Dorothy and her dog Toto strive to find a way back to their home in Kansas. It is a hotly anticipated musical production and one that is set to take the West End by storm.
The search for Dorothy began in March 2010, with a new Toto also on the minds of producers, hoping to find the perfect dynamic between female star and canine companion. It followed on from the likes of “I’d Do Anything” and “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?”, which had previously found stars for the likes of “Oliver! The Musical” and “The Sound of Music”. In both of those cases, the result had been West End musical success and this will be no different for “The Wizard of Oz” when it appears in 2011.
But then, even without the anticipation of a BBC talent contest, a production of The Wizard of Oz is likely to turn a few heads, being the latest production of a classic story. It was originally published as a children’s novel entitled “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L Frank Baum in 1900 and would spawn numerous adaptations and sequels. People around the world will know the story for the 1939 movie starring Judy Garland as the lost Kansas Farm girl, which would become a milestone in cinema and stand the test of time to this day.
It tells the story of Dorothy, who finds herself transported to the magical Land of Oz when a ferocious tornado uproots her Kansas house. Her new location is a far cry from her humble background and after her house lands on the Wicked Witch of the East she makes an enemy in her sister – the Wicked Witch of the West. Dorothy, however, just wants to get home and soon she sets off down the Yellow Brick Road to find the Wizard of Oz to help her. Along the way, she meets a Scarecrow in need of a brain, a Tin Man in need of a heart and a Lion in need of courage.
The Wizard of Oz begins its anticipated run at the London Palladium from Tuesday 29th March 2011.