Thursday, November 25, 2010


Those looking forward to the grand opening of The Wizard of Oz next year may be pleased to know that the full cast has now been announced.

As rumoured in July 2010, Hannah Waddingham is to play the Wicked Witch of the West, while Emily Tierney will face her as Glinda the Good.

Meanwhile, Paul Keating, Edward Baker-Duly and David Ganly will follow Dorothy along the Yellow Brick Road as the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion respectively.

Fans of musicals may recognise Waddingham from Monty Python's Spamalot, in which she played the Lady of the Lake. She has also played a witch in Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods.

The musical opens at the London Palladium on March 1st 2011 and stars Danielle Hope as Dorothy, as chosen by viewers of BBC One's Over the Rainbow.

However, runner-up Sophie Evans will stand in for her every Tuesday, as well as during Hope's holidays.

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