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The Wizard of Oz - produced by prime pantomimes - will be running at New Theatre Peterborough and will feature Strictly Come Dancing champion Katya Jones

The Wizard of Oz pantomime will be running in Peterborough from December 14 to December 31.

The show, which will be performed at New Theatre Peterborough, will star 2017 Strictly Come Dancing champion, Katya Jones, as Glinda.

Wizard of Oz at New Theatre Peterborough
Wizard of Oz at New Theatre Peterborough

New Theatre Peterborough re-opened in September and has so far seen more than 8,000 people pass through it's new doors.

Prime pantomimes will be putting a spin on the iconic production of the Wizard of Oz to keep it relatable and exciting for modern audiences.

Arguably, the most striking element is the portrayal of the Wicked Witch of the West as a drag queen.


Shane Convery, 24, who will be playing this character said: "Aesthetically she's very different.

"I'm ecstatic to get my claws sunk into the character and add a bit of mischief"

"I'm loving the fantasy of being in the Wizard of Oz."

Wizard of Oz at New Theatre Peterborough
Wizard of Oz at New Theatre Peterborough

He added: "The show has lots of different characters so there's something for everyone."

The character of Dorothy, played by Leah Pinney, will be kept 'relatable' and 'very British'.

Leah, 29, said: "I was thrilled to find out I'm playing such an iconic role."

"I will try to bring my own personality to the character."

She added: "I just hope people come and support the theatre."

Toto, played by resident theatre dog Tilly, will also star in all 32 productions.

Theatre director and Tilly's owner, Richie Ross, said: "She will bring a big 'aw' factor to the show and add a bit of fur glamour."

Leah said: "Toto will also keep it fresh, you don't normally see real-life dogs on stage so the audience will love it."

The Tinman, played by Ben Brooker, will also be less traditional due to his 'obscenely suave' characteristics.

Samuel Freeman, who plays the Scarecrow will instil his own 'cheeky Welshness' into the character.

Samuel, 26, said: "This is the biggest and most glitz panto I've been a part of."

He added: "We wish Peterborough a merry Christmas and hope they enjoy it."

Due to Katya Jones' dancing background there will likely be a great deal more of dancing than is expected in most pantomimes.

Thomas Cove, 26, who plays the lion advises the audience to 'look out for the big finale'.

Tickets are on sale and can be booked online through newtheatre-peterborough.com or by calling the box office on 01733 852992.

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