The Wizard of Oz
Director Rob Hastie
Choreography Ewan Jones
Lighting Richard Howell
Puppet direction Rachel Canning
Designer Janet Bird’s solution is genius (and satisfyingly echoes the style and colour palette of the iconic 1939 film, while rendering them its own). I long to describe it... I’m holding back, so as not to spoil the “Wow! I did not see that coming” surprise of it all. Suffice to say that almost every effect is achieved in full view (often with the help of the frequently on-stage chorus); we see how it’s done, and still we marvel. Here is very little jiggery-pokery trickery but a great deal of honest skill.
***** The Observer
The Wizard of Oz review; Heartwarming romp brims with brains and courage
Robert Hastie’s production is a restrained delight. The festive period is when designers get to play, and Janet Bird’s idiosyncratic design is a corker……..
**** The Guardian