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Search for Wizard of Oz concentrated on Birmingham

Published: 17 November 2018

The yellow brick road leads to Birmingham REP at Christmas 2018 as Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion go in search of The Wizard of Oz.

A company of 16 actors will be led by Chisara Agor as Dorothy. The cast also includes Kelly Agbowu (Lion / Zeke), Shanay Holmes (Glinda / Aunt Em), Lorna Laidlaw (The Wizard / Professor Marvel), Dillon Scott-Lewis (Tin Man / Hickory), Jos Vantyler (Wicked Witch / Miss Gulch), Thomas Vernal (Uncle Henry / Oz doorkeeper) and Ed Wade (Scarecrow / Hunk).

The Oz company will feature Rhys Batten, Jade Davies, Luke Fraser Yates, Zak Nemorin, Kerri Norville, Elisha Sherman, Emily Squibb and Ben Thompson. The cast is completed by local dogs taking on the role of Dorothy’s companion Toto.

Liam Steel, a core collaborator at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, is director and choreographer. Designer is Angela Davies, with costume and puppet designs by Samuel Wyer, lighting design by Nick Richings and sound design by Paul Groothius. George Dyer is the musical director.

The Wizard of Oz runs at Birmingham REP from Saturday 24 November until Sunday 13 January 2019.

Steve Orme