Regal entertainments have announced that their smash production of The Wizard of Oz will be heading to Stockport Plaza this summer, and the producers are now excited to reveal the full cast.
Cherly Fergison, Eastenders actress who plays Heather Trott, is returning to the stage role as the Wicked Witch. While singing sensation Charlotte Gallagher, playing Dorothy, is joined by X Factor star David Heath as the Scarecrow and Blood Brothers star Olivia Sloyan as Glinda. The ever charismatic Phillip McGuiness will be playing the Tinman and hilarious panto favourite Simon Foster as Cowardly Lion.
The show will be in Stockport Plaza from Monday the 7th – Saturday 12th of August. Having previously had great success during it’s run at St Helens Theatre Royal last October playing to a packed-out auditorium and is guaranteed to delight audiences of Stockport this August.
No stranger to pantomime, Cheryl, the multi-talented performer has appeared in Cinderella, Jack and The Beanstalk and Beauty and the Beast to name a few. The star made the audience boo and hiss at her with the her previous performance as The Wicked Witch in 2016’s production of The Wizard of Oz.
Stepping in to the coveted Ruby Slippers once more, the incredibly talented Charlotte Gallagher also returns to play Dorothy. Audiences may recognise Charlotte from her wealth of stage experience including panto roles at venues across the North West including performances of Peter Pan, Snow White and Alice in Wonderland.
David Heath was a contestant on ITV’s The X Factor back in 2006 as a member of boy band Eton Road. Since his time on the show he has turned his talents to theatre with credits including Billy in Wag – The Musical, as well as pantomime leading men including Aladdin, Prince Valentine in Snow White and Prince Valiant in Sleeping Beauty.
Stockport’s Glinda’s Olivia Sloyan, trained at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) and London School of Musical Theatre. Her stage credits include Blood Brothers in both the West End and touring production, along with Sue in Rita, Sue and Bob Too at St Helens Theatre Royal and Cinderella and Snow White at Buxton Opera House.
Guaranteed to give an oil-slick performance as Tinman, the charming Philip McGuiness is a panto regular having previously played Gaston in Beauty and the Beast and Captain Hook in Peter Pan.
Finally, renowned for his feat as the dame in countless panto land productions including Potty Polly in Beauty and the Beast and Widow Twankey in Aladdin, Simon Foster will be bringing his hilarious antics as the Cowardly Lion.
Wizard of Oz Producer, Chantelle Nolan said:
“We are very excited to be bringing this production to Stockport. We had an amazing time during the run of the show in St Helens last year, audiences seemed to go mad for it with many families making return visits. We are now delighted to confirm our stellar cast, and they cannot wait to entertain families of Stockport!”
The Wizard of Oz runs from Monday 7 – Saturday 12 August. Tickets are now on sale. Book early to avoid disappointment.