The Wizard of Oz at St Helens Theatre Royal!

It’s Pantomime season everyone!

Oh no it isn’t!

Oh yes it is – and to get our festive fix we went along to see the wonderful Wizard and all his friends when it came to the Theatre Royal in St Helens.

It was time to go down that yellow brick road!

I’ve never been to a pantomime before. So at 29 years old it was time this was rectified, and as my MIL had wanted to indulge too we decided this would be the year we went along and ticked it off of our bucket lists. We took Megs along with us, as well as her cousin who is a little older and it’s safe to say by the end we all came out having enjoyed the show – it was wonderfully glitzy and child friendly, with a sprinkle of innuendo and naughtiness in there for the adults too…

Personally I’m a huge fan of the cowardly lion!

I have to say, this take on the very well known tale of Oz and its Wizard wasn’t what I expected. We were treated to renditions of ‘Respect‘ from The Wicked Witch of the West (Cheryl Fergison, known for her time as Heather Trott in Eastenders) and I have to say, Cheryl was wonderful as the well known villain. She stalked across the stage, referring to the children in the audience as brats and the adults as ‘plastic scousers’ at one point – fitting, as we were crammed into the St Helens venue. Charlotte Gallagher entranced us all as Dorothy, belting out ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ to everyone’s delight – the pooch who played Toto also deserving a mention too as he was wonderful throughout the whole two hour performance.

Oh what a night!

We had a fantastic time – Megs was entranced by the whole thing, and while she didn’t understand why ‘We’re Off to See the Wizard’ was replaced rather fittingly by the song ‘Ease on Down the Road’ from the broadway musical The Wiz, she enjoyed the replacement immensely. The whole show was upbeat and bouncy, with slapstick humour and more current comedy coming into the show at points too – there are moments so well put together and modernised that you’ll be left wondering how on Earth they managed to knit things together so well.

As the curtain came down to close, Scarecrow (Liam Mellor) closed proceedings with a wonderful little nod to the audience – golden tickets had been slotted into the shows programs which had been sold, the holders of which were brought up on stage to receive a prize and to take part in the finale.

The show is running from the 22nd of October until the 30th – so get yourselves to St Helens Theatre Royal. You won’t be disappointed!

Get your tickets via – £12 for an adult, £10 for children and £11 for concessions. You can also book in person at the Theatre Royal Box Office, Corporation Street, St. Helens, Merseyside WA10 1LQ (Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm). Alternatively, call 01744 756 000.

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