‘The Wizard of Oz’ reveals full West End cast

Georgina Onuorah will reprise the role of Dorothy from the Leicester Curve production. She joins Jason Manford, Ashley Banjo, Gary Wilmot, and Dianne Pilkington.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

There’s no place like home for the full The Wizard of Oz West End cast. The musical begins previews at the London Palladium on 23 June, with an opening night on 6 July, and performances to 3 September.

Georgina Onourah will lead the cast as Dorothy Gale, a role she previously played in Leicester last Christmas. Onourah currently plays Ado Annie in Oklahoma!, and recently starred in Millennials and Cinderella.

“It’s thrilling to announce today that Georgina will play Dorothy in our new production of The Wizard of Oz. She is a rare talent with great warmth. When she first played the role in Leicester last year, her soaring rendition of Over The Rainbow brought the whole house to their feet. She completes our casting, and along with Jason, Ashley, Dianne, Louis and Christina, is going to ensure it will be a summer to remember at the Palladium,” said Michael Harrison.

Onourah joins an all-star lineup: Jason Manford as The Cowardly Lion, Ashley Banjo as The Tin Man, Dianne Pilkington as The Wicked Witch of the West, Louis Gaunt as The Scarecrow, Christina Bianco as Glinda The Good Witch, and Gary Wilmot as The Wizard/Professor Marvel.

Ben Thompson will play Toto, joined by Annie Southall, Charlotte St.Croix, Claire O’Leary, Eamonn Cox, Emily Ann Potter, Geoff Aymer, Harrison Wilde, Jacqui Dubois, Jessica Daley, Jonathan Dryden Taylor, Lauren Stroud, Marley Fenton, Michael Lin and Sam Stones.

The Wizard of Oz musical follows Kansas teenager Dorothy and her dog Toto. When a tornado sweeps the pair to a new world, Dorothy teams up with a tin man, a lion, and a scarecrow to return home. As well as songs from the Judy Garland-starring 1939 film, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice penned additional songs, such as "Red Shoes Blues" and "Farewell to Oz." Find out more about Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals.

Nikolai Foster directs, with choreography by Shay Barclay, set design by Colin Richmond, costume and puppet design by Rachael Canning, lighting design by Ben Cracknell, and sound design by Adam Fisher.

The Wizard of Oz will be at the London Palladium.

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Photo credit: The Wizard of Oz (Photo courtesy of production)

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