The Wizard Of Oz at Theatre Royal Nottingham Review


Reviewed by Gemma F

On an evening filled with April showers we set off to see the wizard (the wonderful Wizard of Oz!) at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal.

The Theatre Royal is in the city centre and is easily accessed by train, car, and tram. Surrounded by Nottingham’s numerous eateries and shops, it’s the perfect venue for a theatre experience. The theatre offers reduced rate parking nearby which we found easy to book and cost us just £7 for 8 hours parking. As we approached the theatre we were really taken by this imposing and impressive building. There is a separate spacious bar area which was buzzing with anticipation and it offers a welcome retreat from the busy theatre foyer. The theatre is spectacular with its original decorative features and grand chandelier. It’s everything you could want from a venue for an evening at the theatre.

Direct from The London Palladium, this beloved musical came to life as the lights dimmed and the orchestra literally burst into action! Treating the audience to the iconic original score from the Oscar winning MGM film including Over The Rainbow, Follow The Yellow Brick Road and We’re Off To See The Wizard with additional songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. We excitedly joined Dorothy, Toto, and friends on an unforgettable adventure from her windy Kansas home over to the yellow brick road in the merry old land of Oz. Dorothy meets munchkins, a scarecrow, a tin man, and a lion on her journey to The Emerald City but finds, ultimately, there’s no place like home.

This fantastic show was punctuated with moments of laugh out loud comedy. The cowardly lion (played by Nic Greenshields) in his fantastic costume was a firm comedic favourite with the audience! Special mention goes to Toto’s puppeteer, Abigail Matthews, who does an incredible job of bringing Dorothy’s canine companion to life. It’s a very physical role and she performs it effortlessly and skilfully. Not forgetting, the FABULOUSLY menacing Wicked Witch Of The West, played by The Vivienne of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK and Dancing On Ice, who was utter sinister perfection from start to end. From her costumes and make up to her wicked acting delivery, The Vivienne provided us with a wicked witch that did indeed ‘slay’ in every possible way!

While the show was fantastic in all ways and the performances first class, the enjoyment of the show was greatly let down by issues with the sound. Namely, the exceptionally loud volume of the music and effects, often painfully so. We were told by theatre staff that they had received complaints from the audience about this, however, we were reassured that the venue was working to resolve this issue for future shows and without these sound issues the show would score full marks from us.

The staging of The Wizard Of Oz is first class and adds great visual variety and imaginative choreography to the show. The special effects in this production were key to the impact of this show and they did not disappoint. From the impressively convincing hurricane in Kansas to the wicked strikes of the witch’s broom, the lighting, digital screens, and special effects brought the entire production to life.

The staff at the Theatre Royal are warm and friendly, the venue is wonderful and the actors are first class. You can be sure of a fantastically magical experience if you choose to watch this production of The Wizard of Oz. Not sure how to get there?…just follow the yellow brick road!

Rating: 2/5 (due to significant sound issues)
Tickets cost from £23.50
The Wizard Of Oz is at Theatre Royal, Nottingham from 10th-13th April 2024
Box Office: 0115 989 5555. Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall, Theatre Square, Nottingham, NG1 5ND.

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