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Help Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Lion find the way
There promises to be no place like home as The Wizard of Oz comes to Tamworth in Staffordshire to help commemorate the 80th anniversary year of the timeless, magical story. Fans of the classic family favourite are being urged to put on their red shoes and help celebrate the landmark date in the calendar of the musical film adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, which was first released to the big screen 80 years ago in August 1939. And lovers of theatre in general, and musicals in particular, will have the added enjoyment of seeing The Wizard of Oz performed at the newly refurbished Tamworth Assembly Rooms in November. The iconic film, based on the novel by L. Frank Baum, and which starred Judy Garland as Dorothy, is considered by the Library of Congress in Washington DC, the most-watched film in history, immediately achieving critical success upon its initial release.
See the magic of The Wizard of Oz courtesy of Ballet Theatre UK
Audiences can now relive that magic, which follows the adventures of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion, as they follow the 'yellow brick road' in the land of Oz, in ballet form. Ballet Theatre UK has created a classical adaptation of this much-loved tale, and brings its two-act full-length production to life through the magic of classical dance in Tamworth on November 29. Set to a classical score, the family-friendly production is considered to be the perfect way to introduce children to classical ballet. As one of the leading ballet companies in the county, Ballet Theatre UK aims to raise awareness of this art form as well as make it accessible and enjoyable for people of all ages and from all walks of life. The show will be the first event to showcase the newly refurbished as the opening act following a major £5 million refurbishment. The ambitious project to bring the historic theatre into the 21st century includes extensions to the side and rear to create a more modern and versatile building, with more space for a wider variety of events and entertainment.
Tickets for The Wizard of Oz are available for £17.50, £15.50 concessions and £10 for 16 year olds and under. They are available online at www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk, in person from Tamworth Tourist Information Centre in Marmion House weekdays or Tamworth Castle on Saturdays, or by calling the Box Office on 01827 709618. People can also stay in touch with all the news about the Tamworth Assembly Rooms refurbishment and the opening season of events by following the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TamworthAssemblyRooms/