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The UK touring production of "The Wizard of Oz" at Belfast's Grand Opera House is a spellbinding spectacle that brings L. Frank Baum's classic tale to vivid life.

Under enchanting direction and choreography, this production is a true homage to the beloved story while infusing it with fresh, dynamic energy.

Craig Revel Horwood’s portrayal of the Wicked Witch of the West is nothing short of show-stopping. Known for his sharp-tongued critiques on "Strictly Come Dancing," Horwood brings that same fierce energy to his role, balancing menace with moments of delightful wickedness. His presence on stage is commanding, making the Witch both a formidable foe and a captivating character.

As Dorothy, Aviva Tully shines with a blend of innocence and strength. Her portrayal is heartfelt and genuine, capturing Dorothy's longing for home and her courage in the face of adversity. Tully's rendition of "Over the Rainbow" is a poignant highlight, drawing the audience into Dorothy's emotional journey with her clear, powerful voice.

No production of "The Wizard of Oz" would be complete without Toto, and this one is no exception. Even as a puppet, Toto manages to steal the show. The puppetry work is so expertly done that Toto feels like a living, breathing character, adding a layer of charm and whimsy that resonates with both young and old audience members alike.

One of the most remarkable aspects of this production is the stunning video backdrop. It adds a mesmerizing visual dimension that enhances every scene, from the twister that transports Dorothy to Oz to the sparkling Emerald City. This innovative use of technology transforms the stage into a vibrant, ever-changing canvas that brings the magical land of Oz to life in breathtaking detail.

The ensemble cast and supporting characters, including the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion, are all wonderfully portrayed, contributing to a production that is both cohesive and captivating.

Each actor brings their character's unique quirks and qualities to the fore, ensuring that the journey down the Yellow Brick Road is as entertaining as it is magical. In conclusion, the UK touring production of "The Wizard of Oz" at the Grand Opera House is a must-see.

With standout performances by Craig Revel Horwood and Aviva Tully, the irresistible charm of Toto, and the dazzling video backdrops, it’s a production that captures the heart and imagination of its audience.

Whether you're revisiting a childhood favourite or discovering it for the first time, this rendition of "The Wizard of Oz" is an enchanting theatrical experience that you don’t want to miss

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