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Michael Crawford remains in Palladium's Wizard of Oz for Longer

Tuesday, 2nd Aug 2011  

The Renowned Performer Will Continue to Portray the Wizard onstage until February 2012

Back when “The Wizard Of Oz” was yet to arrive on the stage of the London Palladium in London’s West End everyone in the capital knew that it would be a big hit. Not only was it an Andrew Lloyd Webber production featuring Danielle Hope and Sophie Evans from the BBC talent show “Over The Rainbow”, it was also boasting a cast that included the renowned performer Michael Crawford. It was a big catch for Lloyd Webber, who had worked him on various occasions in the past.

And now producers are likely to be thrilled that Crawford will be extending his stay in the role until February 2012, giving London theatre audiences even longer to pick up Theatre Tickets and witness him in the iconic role of the Wizard. Alongside him Hannah Waddingham remains as the Wicked Witch of the West, with David Ganly, Paul Keating and Edward Baker-Duly also continuing their work with the show.

Michael Crawford, who was originally due to stand down from the role in September, is a well known performer whose work has covered everything from the stage to the screen.  His famous movies include “Helly, Dolly!” and “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, however his stage work is where his best known work emerges. He was the man that originated the role of the Phantom in “Phantom of the Opera”, which is still running at Her Majesty’s Theatre, and has also appeared in “The Woman in White” at the Palace Theatre in 2004. The latter was the last time that Crawford appeared in the West End.

“The Wizard of Oz” is the classic story of Kansas farm girl Dorothy, who is transported to the land of Oz on the back of a ferocious tornado. It is here that she sets of down the Yellow Brick Road to find the Wizard of Oz who can help her get home and along the way she makes an enemy of the Wicked Witch of the West and three new friends in a Tin Man, Scarecrow and Lion.

“The Wizard of Oz” has been booking at the London Palladium until Sunday 15th January 2012, though Crawford’s extension to Sunday 5th February 2012 implies the show will continue beyond this point.

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