Cast announced for The Wizard of Oz pantomime at Saffron Hall

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Casting has been announced for The Wizard of Oz pantomime coming to Saffron Hall this year.

Saffron Hall and KD Theatre Productions will team up to present the magical, family-friendly pantomime The Wizard of Oz from Thursday, 23 December to Wednesday 29, December 2021.


Lucy Bell will play Dorothy, Jack Ballard will play Scarecrow, Joey Warne will play the Tin Man, James Stirling will play Lion, Laura Hyde will play Wicked Witch of the West and Hope Thompson will play Gilda the Good.

Join Dorothy as she embarks on an exciting adventure, over the rainbow, where along the way she makes new friends with the Scarecrow who longs for a brain, the Tin Man who really wants a heart and the very cowardly Lion who is desperate to be brave and find some courage.

Dorothy needs to find her way home, but it’s not going to be easy with the Wicked Witch of the West watching her every move! Will the beautiful Gilda the Good or the Great and Powerful Wizard of Oz be able to help Dorothy and her newfound friends?

Based on the story by Frank L Baum, the family favourite tale is directed by Daniel Bell and choreographed by Katherine Hickmott. Mark Aldous takes on the role of Musical Director while Gregory Jordan is the production’s Lighting Designer.

Tickets for the show are on sale online now here.

Angela Dixon, Chief Executive Saffron Hall Trust said: “We are delighted to be working with KD Theatre Productions on this magical show. This is the first time Saffron Hall has presented a Christmas show, and we are excited to welcome families from across the region to the Hall over the festive season”.

Meanwhile, KD Theatre Productions will be holding open auditions on Sunday, 19 September for fabulous young stars (aged 9 – 16) to be part of the show’s all-singing, all-dancing chorus.

The Open Auditions will take place on Sunday, 19 September 2021 at Saffron Hall. Online registration is required in advance of the audition.

Katherine Hickmott & Daniel Bell of KD Theatre said “We are very excited to be opening the doors to young theatrical talent for our first Christmas pantomime at Saffron Hall. Working with West End performers and a live professional band, this is the perfect opportunity for young adults who have a passion to perform.”

Katherine Hickmott and Daniel Bell, the Associate Producers for KD Theatre Productions said: “We can’t wait to work with the team at the stunning Saffron Hall and produce their first ever Christmas pantomime! The venue lends itself to a magical festive treat and we have brought together performers and creatives at the top of their game.

“The Festive Season is the perfect time for a family of all generations to come together and experience the magic of live theatre whilst getting into the holiday spirit. Especially after being away from our loved ones for so long, the theatre is the perfect place to bring families and communities back together. We shall be sprinkling our Saffron Hall pantomime with an extra dose of Christmas sparkle to celebrate being back together!”

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