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The Wizard of Oz announced as new Christmas show at Storyhouse Chester

A plane carrying a banner bearing the message ‘Surrender Dorothy’ over the streets of Chester has launched Storyhouse’s exciting new Christmas production – The Wizard of Oz.

The message is in homage to a scene from the ever popular film in which the Wicked Witch writes the same message in smoke, using her broomstick.

The timeless musical will be coming to Storyhouse in Chester from 7 December to 6 January 2019.

Based on the classic MGM motion picture starring Julie Garland, Storyhouse is staging the RSC’s version of L. Frank Baum’s books, featuring the well-known songs Somewhere Over the Rainbow and We’re Off to See the Wizard.

With music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E Y Harburg and orchestration by Larry Wilcox. James Perkins will be overseeing the design, having previously worked on Sweet Chariot, The Royal Exchange, The Secret Seven, Storyhouse.

The production will be directed by Storyhouse’s artistic director Alex Clifton (A Little Night Music, The Secret Seven, The Beggar’s Opera, A Midsummer Night’s Dream).

The Wizard of Oz is one of the best known and enduring children’s stories of all time, made famous by Judy Garland in 1939 with MGM’s technicolour film.

Alex Clifton artistic director, Storyhouse said:The Wizard of Oz is a wonderful, vibrant, fun and brilliantly familiar story to tell. Our version will feature all the favourite characters, songs and scenes from the movie but with lots of new things to discover as well.

“Building on the incredible success of The Secret Seven and the fantastic response it received from theatregoers we are confident The Wizard of Oz will be another gorgeous Christmas treat in Chester.”

Tickets are on sale now at

About Angela Ferguson (231 Articles)
I'm a writer, journalist and blogger, as well as the founder and editor of culture webzine I'm also a university lecturer in journalism and media communications and a radio presenter for hire.

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