The Wizard of Oz Is Returning to the West End This Summer

The Wizard of Oz will conclude its major UK and Ireland tour with a season in London this summer, playing a strictly limited run of 38 performances only from Thursday 18 August to Sunday 8 September 2024 at the Gillian Lynne Theatre. Tickets go on general sale Thursday 28 March at 10am.

This new production of the beloved musical, based on the iconic story by L. Frank Baum, has also announced initial casting for London, as JLS star Aston Merrygold (The Tin Man) and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK winner and Dancing on Ice finalist The Vivienne (The Wicked Witch of the West) are both confirmed to return to their celebrated roles. Further casting to be announced.

Aston Merrygold and The Vivienne will be joined in the West End by principal company members currently starring in the UK and Ireland touring production, including: Aviva Tulley (Book of Mormon UK Tour) as Dorothy, Benjamin Yates (ITV’s Emmerdale; Jersey Boys West End) as The Scarecrow, Nic Greenshields (Love Never Dies West End; Les Misérables West End & International Tour) as The Cowardly Lion, Emily Bull (9 to 5 UK Tour; Matilda UK Tour) as Glinda The Good Witch and Abigail Matthews (Bleak Expectations West End; War Horse West End) as Toto.

Producer, Michael Harrison says of today’s announcement: “The Wizard of Oz was seen by an incredible 185,000 people at the London Palladium last summer and is currently smashing box office records on its U.K. tour, so it feels absolutely appropriate that we return this spectacular production to the West End during the summer holidays for 38 performances only, with an incredible cast led by Aston Merrygold and The Vivienne.”