Follow the yellow brick road to St Helens for a wickedly wonderful family treat this Easter

In less than a week’s time, the heroes of Regal Entertainment’s Easter panto, The Wizard of Oz, will begin their magical journey down the yellow brick road.

The enchanting panto will take audiences over the rainbow at St Helens Theatre Royal from Saturday 6 to Monday, 22 April.

Former Emmerdale and Brookside actress, Linda Lusardi, will play The Wicked Witch when this smash-hit production returns to St Helens following sell-out seasons in 2016, 2017 and 2018, as well as a hugely successful Merseyside tour in 2017.

Linda Lusardi’s career has spanned nearly 30 years. She first shot to fame in the early 80s as one of Britain’s best-loved models, before moving into the world of television.

Her major TV roles include Carrie Nichols in ITV’s Emmerdale, where she murdered Tom King in one of the most memorable storylines of the year; Maggie Lyons in The Bill; Frankie in Brookside; and played herself in The Detectorists on BBC4.

Linda has also appeared on numerous successful reality shows including ITV’s Loose Women, Dancing on Ice 2008, Come Dine with Me and Celebrity Masterchef 2011.

Her leading stage roles include; Funny Peculiar, Bedside Manners, Not Now Darling, No Sex Please We’re British and Rock with Laughter.

No stranger to panto, she has played roles up and down the country since 1988. She received 5-star reviews in her latest production starring as The Wicked Queen in Snow White at The Playhouse Weston Super Mare which broke box office records.

Regal Entertainments’ reimagined version of this classic family tale includes a brand-new script and music for 2019 including lots of chart hits, old and new, for audiences to sing along to.

This high-value production will feature dazzling costumes and sets, show-stopping choreography and unbelievable special FX which audiences have come to know and love from all Regal Entertainments’ productions!

St Helens Theatre Royal manager, Chantelle Nolan said: “We are delighted to announce Linda Lusardi as our Wicked Witch – she has had such a prolific career and is a seasoned panto pro. I know audiences of St Helens will love her – when they’re not booing her that is.

“The Wizard of Oz is a real favourite with our audiences, and I am certain they will love this brand-new version which includes a new script and lots of wonderful new songs to sing and dance to.”

Linda will be joined by her daughter, ITV’s The Voice star Lucy Kane, as Glinda.

Rising star Mia Molloy will step into the famous ruby slippers as Dorothy. The multi-talented Liverpool local has been garnering excitement with her incredible vocals and presence on stage.

Chantelle added: “This talented young actress will be making her St. Helens debut and I am confident that she will become an audience favourite. She joins an incredible cast that will have audiences talking about the panto well after all of their Easter eggs are gone!”

There are also a whole host of new faces including Harry Moore as Tin Man, Steve Arnott as Lion, and Reece Sibbald as Scarecrow. Completing the cast, Jay Lusted returns as the great Wizard of Oz.

Regal Entertainments’ reimagined panto version of this classic family tale includes a brand-new script and music for 2019 including lots of chart hits, old and new, for audiences to sing along to.

Click your heels together and join Dorothy and Toto as they journey along the Yellow Brick Road with new friends Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion, to meet the Wizard so he can make their dreams come true.

Get ready for a whole lot of family fun as this fantastic tale is reawakened.

The Wizard of Oz will be staged Monday to Friday at 1pm, Saturday and Sunday: 1pm and 5pm. Tickets from £13.

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