The Yellow Brick Road Extends To Adelaide

Posted by Adelaide Festival Centre on Sunday 20 August 2017

Producers John Frost and Suzanne Jones today announced that the world’s favourite musical, The Wizard of Oz, will be coming to Adelaide in 2018 as part of the upcoming Australian tour. It will play from 3 April 2018 at the Festival Theatre and tickets will be on sale from 8 September. If you’re an Optus customer you can beat the rush for tickets with the Optus Perks pre-sale, otherwise waitlist at to be the next in line to purchase tickets.

Leading The Wizard of Oz cast will be Anthony Warlow as The Wizard and Professor Marvel, Lucy Durack as Glinda the Good Witch and Jemma Rix as The Wicked Witch of the West. Rising star Samantha Dodemaide will play the coveted role of Dorothy, her first leading role in a major musical.

Eli Cooper (Grease, Matilda) will play the role of the Scarecrow, Alex Rathgeber (Anything Goes, The Phantom of the Opera) will play the Tin Man, and John Xintavelonis (The Lion King, Billy Elliot) will play the Lion. The ensemble cast includes Paul Hanlon as Uncle Henry and Sophie Weiss as Auntie Em, alongside Justin Anderson, Sheridan Anderson, Lewis Beer, Shay Debney, Sage Douglas, Mikey Halcrow, Zoe Ioannou, Bree Langridge, Rubin Matters, Scott Morris, Justine Puy, Michael Roache, Mitchell Roberts, Emma Russell, Dean Schulz, Darren Tyler, Caleb Vines, Stephanie Wall and Rachael Ward.

“The demand for tickets in Brisbane and Sydney has been huge, with lots of enquiries from interstate. We’re very excited to add Adelaide to the tour,” said Suzanne Jones. “It’s wonderful to be able to share this new version of The Wizard of Oz nationwide.”

“We’re thrilled with our superb cast led by Anthony, Lucy and Jemma, and the wonderful Samantha Dodemaide will make a perfect Dorothy,” added John Frost. “I’m sure Adelaide audiences can’t wait to travel the yellow brick road and return to Oz, and the classic story that’s universally loved. This beautiful, sumptuous production was a huge hit in London and the US, and audiences adored the new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.”

The London Palladium production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz will have its Australian Premiere in Brisbane at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC from 4 November before travelling to the Capitol Theatre, Sydney from 30 December; the Festival Theatre, Adelaide from 3 April; and the Regent Theatre, Melbourne, from 15 May. Tickets for the Adelaide season will be on sale from 8 September.

Developed from the ever-popular MGM screenplay, the London Palladium production of The Wizard of Oz contains the beloved Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg songs from the Oscar®-winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz had its world premiere at The London Palladium Theatre in March 2011. After a successful West End run, the production had its North American premiere in Toronto in December 2012, and then embarked on a US tour from September 2013. The production boasts a stellar creative team: Jeremy Sams (direction), Robert Jones (set and costume design), Arlene Phillips (choreography), Hugh Vanstone (lighting design), Mick Potter (sound design), Jon Driscoll & Daniel Brodie (video/projection design), David Cullen (orchestrations) and Guy Simpson (musical supervision).

"Brilliant…A ten-star production if ever there was one!” - The Sunday Telegraph

"Enchanting, exciting and electrifying!!" - ETalk CTV

"Over the rainbow and over the top fun! 5 stars!” - Breakfast Television Toronto

Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts’ desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for the whole family.


Venue: Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
Season From 3 April 2018
Performance Times  Wed-Sat 7.30pm, Matinees Wed 1pm, Sat 2pm, Sun 1pm & 6pm*
Prices From $59.90**
Bookings: or 131 246
  Groups 12+ 08 8205 2220


Head to from 9am on Friday 1st Sept (ACST) to grab tickets before they on sale to the general public on Friday 8 September at 9am.

Be quick this offer is only available until 11pm on Thursday 7 September, unless allocation exhausted. Ticket limit of 10 per customer.

* Performance times vary weekly
** Transaction fees apply 

Francesca Belperio at / 08 8216 8699 / 0402 842 204
Genevieve Meegan at / 08 8216 8515 / 0414 558 078

IP Publicity, Ian Phipps at or 0419 977 649 or Sharonne Lipman at or 0466 896 650