News: Hope Mill Theatre’s acclaimed Black British retelling of ‘The Wiz’ to be streamed online

Manchester Hope Mill Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of The Wiz is to be streamed online.

The musical had to cancel 15 sold-out performances over Christmas due to Covid. The rights
holders have now generously agreed to it being filmed and streamed for a strictly limited number of performances to UK-only audiences, and limited to the number of physical seats at the venue.

The Wiz, directed by Matthew Xia, is a joyous retelling of L. Frank Baum’s classic children’s novel ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ with a contemporary Black British setting.

Cast:
Cherelle Wiliams is Dorothy; Tarik Frimpong, Scarecrow; Llewellyn Graham, Tin Man;
Jonathan Andre, Lion; Cameron Bernard Jones, The Wiz; Anelisa Lamola, Addaperle; Bree Smith,
Aunt Em & Glinda; Kofi Dennis, Lord High; Ashh Blackwood, Evillene. Ensemble: Andile Mabhena, Shayna McPherson, Dylan Gordon-Jones, Samantha Shuma, Marisha Morgan.

Creative team:
Director Matthew Xia; Musical Supervisor and Orchestrations Sean Green; Musical Director Ehsaan Shivarani; Choreographer Leah Hill; Design Simon Kenny; Associate Costume Design Maybelle Laye; Projection Designer George Reeve; Associate Projection Designer Kira O’Brien; Lighting Design Simisola Majekodunmi; Sound Design Tony Gayle; Casting Director Ryan Carter; Casting Support Anne Vosser.

The show is produced by Hope Mill Theatre, Ameena Hamid Productions & Chuchu Nwagu Productions.

The streaming dates are:
Saturday 22 January at 7.30pm
Sunday 23 January at 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Monday 24 January at 7.30pm
Friday 28 January at 7.30pm
Saturday 29 January at 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 30 January at 2.30pm & 7.30pm

To book tickets visit www.hopemilltheatre.co.uk/events/the-wiz-online

Photo credit: Pamela Raith Photography

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