There will be a fairytale at Christmas for the Theatre Royal, with The Wizard of OZ
There will be no pantomime in Brighton this year. Fairytale fans need not fret, however, as the Theatre Royal is putting on a production of one of the most enduring fantasy stories of all time. The change of tack follows the disappointment of last year’s pantomime, Cinderella, which featured Kim and Aggie. In response to criticism and a slump in ticket sales, the Theatre Royal is dropping the celebrities and putting on a fully professional production using West End performers, and has hired multiple Olivier Award-nominated star Tim Flavin as director.
Latest 7 spoke to Flavin, who will also be ‘following the yellow brick road’ as Scarecrow, before he embarks upon the rehearsals ahead.
‘‘I’m a traditionalist… I’m going to deliver the best piece of musical theatre that I possibly can’’
We began by asking him how he felt his production would differ from panto. “I’m not trying to compete with Pantomime… I’m a traditionalist, so I’m going to deliver the best piece of musical theatre that I possibly can and let other people do panto and provide that choice”.
“Last year the panto didn’t do as well as they had hoped. That’s the diplomatic way of putting it. This year we are determined to do better by producing a show of a better performing quality”.
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