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Des O’Connor in The Wizard Of Oz at the London Palladium

Wednesday, 16th May 2012  

Performer Will Portray The Wizard Opposite Sophie Evans as Dorothy from the End of May to September

It has been revealed that Des O’Connor will be returning to a West End stage in 2012 as he takes on the role of The Wizard in “The Wizard Of Oz” at the London Palladium.

His stint in the role will last from Tuesday 22nd May 2012 to Sunday 2nd September 2012, replacing Russell Grant in the role, with Sophie Evans remaining as Dorothy, Edward Baker Duly remaining as Tin Man, Paul Keating as the Scarecrow, Martin Callaghan as the Lion, Emily Tierney as Glinda, and Marianne Benedict as the Wicked Witch of the West (the latter two characters, of course, also appear in “Wicked”).

Des O’Connor was last in theatre news when it was announced in September that he would be heading to the Playhouse Theatre to make his debut in a musical theatre show in their production of “Dreamboats and Petticoats”. He took on the role of Older Bobby and Bobby’s Dad in the production from October 2011, which continues to book at its home until Saturday 24th November 2012.

He is, of course, known not just to London theatre audiences but to those all around the country as he has enjoyed a successful career in the spotlight, which has seen him try his hand at television presenting, singing and comedy. He has fronted numerous television programmes over the decades, from old classics like “The Des O’Connor Show” to the more recent “Today with Des and Mel” and “Countdown”. As a singer he has been behind a wealth of albums and tours, one of the latter alongside Buddy Holly in the 1950s, and as such he is a prolific personality.

“The Wizard of Oz” is the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical production of the L Frank Baum classic, which was launched following the BBC talent series “Over the Rainbow” discovered Danielle Hope (and runner-up Sophie Evans), who won a starring role as Dorothy. It follows the latte character as she is transported to the Land of Oz and must search for the help of the Wizard of Oz to return home, whilst evading the Wicked Witch of the West.

It is booking at the London Palladium until Sunday 2nd September 2012. 

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