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Grand Opera House, York


Book by

John Kane

Based on the novel by

L. Frank Baum

Music by

Harold Arlen


Lyrics by 

Edgar "Yip" Harburg

Directed by

Robert Readman

Musical Director

Sam Johnson


Stefani Lyons


Adam Moore


Ian Johnson



Emily Chattle/Anna Hale


Stuart Rae

Tin Man/Hickory

Joe McNeice

Cowardly Lion/Zeke

Nick Lewis

Wicked Witch of the West/Miss Gulch

Adam Sowter

Glinda, Good Witch of the North/

Aunt Em

Alexandra Mather

Professor Chester Marvel/The Wizard of Oz

Ian Giles


Emerald City Guard/

Uncle Henry

Finn East





Flo Poskitt

Ava Laverack

Holly Inch

Evie Watson

Flossie Atwood

Gemma Keane

Kelly Bolland

Jasmine Hanley

Meg Owen Smith

Alice Tones

Tabby Todd

Natalia Bowker

Joe Cheney

Mickey Moran

Andrew Roberts

James Coldrick

Dave Todd



Guy Wilson

Poppy Love

Sonny Love

Ella Benjamin-Button

Margaux Barker

Sam Piercy

Alyssia Hanley

Tiggy Owen-Smith

Hattie Atwood

Mary Atwood

Ruby Turnbull

Nell Turnbull

Jess Dawson

Noah Nutbrown

Evie Bowker

Queenie Moore


Lucy Leaf

Sofa Haigh

Bea Garrett-Craig

Lillia Day

Molly Garvey

Emily Walker

Lottie Readman

Oliver Sleightholm

Kyle Postlethwaite

Ethan Postlethwaite

Annie Dunbar

Callum Hodgson

Freya Disney

Scarlett Waugh


27 April-5 May 2018

Pick Me Up Theatre brings the stage version of the classic MGM musical The Wizard of Oz to the Grand Opera House, York.

This version of the show was a huge success when it was first staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1987 with Imelda Staunton as Dorothy.


The show is faithful to the screenplay of the 1939 Technicolor classic starring Judy Garland – and features all the wonderful songs like Over The Rainbow, Ding-Dong The Witch Is Dead, If I Only Had A Brain, We’re Off To See The Wizard and The Merry Old Land Of Oz.

Pick Me Up: Wizard of Oz

Technical Manager 

Adam Moore

Stage Manager

Sandie Tanner-Smith

Deputy Stage Manager

Pearl Mollison



Teresa and Jane Carr


Sheffield Crucible


Cat Hudspeth

Wardrobe Assistants

Joanna Rowling, Nikita Lund


Scenic Projects

Hair and Make-Up

Ava Gillies, Hannah Clarke, Remmi Parker, Gabby Barrett-Kaya, Ellie Ryder


Jo Hird

The role of Dorothy is shared by Emily Chattle and Anna Hale – and they'll be following the Yellow Brick Road with Stuart Rae as the Scarecrow, Joe McNeice the Tin Man and Nick Lewis the Cowardly Lion.

Nick and Joe appeared together in Spamalot with Pick Me Up at the Grand Opera House – Nick as King Arthur, Joe as Galahad. Nick's other Pick Me Up roles include the title role in Sweeney Todd.

Well-known York actor Ian Giles makes his Pick Me Up debut as the Wizard of Oz, and Pick Me Up regular Adam Sowter (cowardly Sir Robin in Spamalot and Gilbert Chilvers in Betty Blue Eyes) is the Wicked Witch of the West .

Alexandra Mather as Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, is pictured below with some of the marvellous Munchkins.

Photos by: Matthew Kitchen Photography

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