If you watched BBC1’s Over The Rainbow in recent months, then you will be aware of the new London production of one of the best-known stories of all time, The Wizard of Oz. Danielle Hope won the TV show to earn the coveted spot on the stage of the London Palladium as Dorothy Gale, the girl brought to the magical land of Oz after a tornado, and longing to find her way home. The role of the Wizard is played by Michael Crawford who is no stranger to the London stage. Crawford was cast as the original Phantom in one of the most successful musicals of all time, The Phantom of the Opera, winning a Laurence Olivier Award.

Developed from the classic 1939 MGM screenplay and produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Bill Kenwright, The Wizard of Oz features all of the original classic songs such as Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Follow The Yellow Brick Road and We’re Off To See The Wizard, plus some new songs written by Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. The familiar characters of the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion join Dorothy on her journey down the yellow brick road and past the Wicked Witch of the West to find her way home.

Performing on the same stage as the successful Sister Act that has recently closed, The Wizard of Oz opened at the London Palladium on 1st March 2011. Tickets are currently on sale and are taking bookings until 17th September 2011. The runner-up of BBC’s Over The Rainbow, Sophie Evans, will play Dorothy every Tuesday evening performance from 8th March, and during the weeks of 2nd May, 5th September and 12th September 2011.