Curve completes The Wizard of Oz cast

Published: 7 October 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme

The cast of The Wizard of Oz

Leicester’s Curve has announced the full cast for its Christmas 2022 musical The Wizard of Oz.

Leicestershire’s Jonny Fines who played Jonny in Hanif Kureishi’s My Beautiful Laundrette at Curve in 2019 and US Navy Officer Cadet Zack Mayo in An Officer and a Gentleman in 2018 will be Scarecrow.

Paul French will take the role of Tin Man and Giovanni Spanó, who was Ledoux in Jim Steinman’s Bat out of Hell at London Coliseum in 2017, will play Lion. Ben Thompson, who was in 101 Dalmatians at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre earlier in 2022, will take the role of Dorothy’s canine companion Toto.

Christina Bianco, who was Little Voice in the national tour of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice by Jim Cartwright in 2022, will play Glinda. Charlotte Jaconelli will join the cast as the Wicked Witch of the West. Leicester actor Mark Peachey will be Professor Marvel and the Wizard.

Jacqui Dubois will play Dorothy’s Aunt Em while Uncle Henry will be played by Geoffrey Aymer, who was last seen on Curve’s stage in the musical The Color Purple.

The cast is completed by Andrew Dillon, Jonathan Dryden Taylor, Martin McCarthy, Ellie Mitchell, Natasha Mould, Mervin Noronha, Amy Oxley, Andrew Patrick-Walker, Christina Shand, Charlotte St. Croix, Tom Watson and Daisy West. It has already been revealed that Georgina Onuorah will play Dorothy.

Curve will stage the regional première of the production which features new music from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice as well as songs from the original MGM film. The musical will be directed by Curve’s artistic director Nikolai Foster.

The Wizard of Oz will run at Curve from Saturday 19 November until Sunday 8 January 2023.

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