The Wizard of Oz on stage

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By AdFeatures | Wednesday, July 04, 2012, 08:24

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A timeless story, ‘The Wizard of Oz’ is a well known and loved story. It has been translated into countless radio plays and films, and is available in numerous languages.

Yet, to truly experience the story, you should consider seeing a live production. With the current production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ in full swing, and with London theatre tickets from Ticket.com, there's never been a better time to see and experience the magic of the story for yourself.

History

The original novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, was penned in 1900 by L. Frank Baum. Well received, the book was loved by children and adults everywhere for its creativity, imagination and overall story.

Whilst Baum would go on to write plenty more stories set in Oz, the original tale always proved the most popular. It has been reprinted and revisited in various forms of television, radio and film. Perhaps the most famous of which is the 1939 film by the same name.

In the theatre

‘The Wizard of Oz’ has been adopted into the theatre from very early on. The earliest production was in Chicago in 1902, only two years after the book’s release. Now, over one hundred years on, you can see the latest version, with tickets available from ticket.com

The latest production takes cues both from the book, as well elements from the 1939 film. A unique experience, this production improves on all the past adaptations in bringing the wonderful and fantastical story of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ to life on stage in a way never experienced before.

The story

If you're familiar with ‘The Wizard of Oz’, you're no doubt familiar with the story and charm that makes it such a popular story. If not, then you're in for a unique experience. ‘The Wizard of Oz’ focuses primarily on four characters; Dorothy, a young girl who finds herself in the magical Land of Oz, who meets three characters on her journey to get home.

Of course, there is an additional expansive cast, including the Wicked Witch of the West, the titular Wizard of Oz and Toto the dog.

The production focuses, much like the original book, on the goals of the four main characters. Whilst Dorothy just wants to go home, the scarecrow wants a brain, the tin-man wants a heart and the lion wants courage. The focus on this leads to a simple story that is suitable for all ages. Both adults and children alike appreciate the simplicity of the messages found in this tale of growth, development and self discovery.

On stage, this is brought to life even more with the benefit of live, passionate performances. If this exciting and engaging adaption of a much loved story interests you, then spending a night at the theatre is an excellent way to return to the family favourite and enjoy another trip along the famous yellow brick road.

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