The Wizard of Oz
20 - 29 November 2014

Director and choreographer: Nick Brannam
Musical director: Neil Streeter

The Haymarket, Basingstoke
Evenings: 7:30 pm, Saturday matinees: 2:30 pm

Click your heels, make a wish and follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Haymarket for this evergreen family musical.

When a twister transports Dorothy and her dog Toto to a magical land over the rainbow, she teams up with the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion to fight the Wicked Witch of the West and find the Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Dorothy meets the Munchkins, braves the Haunted Forest and encounters Flying Monkeys on her way to the Emerald City where she learns “There’s No Place Like Home”.

Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the classic MGM film starring Judy Garland, BATS promises a lavish production with stunning costumes, magical stage effects and all the original songs including We’re Off to See the Wizard, Follow The Yellow Brick Road, Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead and of course, Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

Ruby slippers optional..!

Box office tel: 01256 844244
Group bookings tel: 01256 366935

Full price tickets: £20

Over 65s & full-time students: £1 off
Children (16 & under): £14
Group booking rate available


PRESS Reviews

"Follow the Yellow Brick Road to where BATS’ tremendous Wizard of Oz will be amusing and delighting audiences."

The Basingstoke Gazette - Read full review

"A top class principal cast, simply gorgeous costumes, clever animations, an ingenious set and a very cute dog – it was a recipe for success."

Newbury Weekly News - Read full review

"Lavish treatment of The Wizard of Oz, with an impressive revolving stage used to great effect, stunning costumes, great graphics and lighting and some nifty choreography."

The Southern Daily Echo - Read full review

"The outstanding talent of the cast resounded throughout this excellent production. "

National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) - Read full review

"Ambitiously staged and of an exceptionally high standard.."

The Farnham Herald - Read full review

Audience Feedback

We took seven other people with us and they were amazed at the quality of the whole cast, especially the voice of Dorothy
— Ray West
Excellent entertainment. I have seen almost ten productions by BATS and have never been disappointed. Fantastic team work and great individual performances. Thank you for a great evening
— Steve Menear
Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant! I took my three grandchildren... they were captivated throughout (not an easy achievement!). This was a wonderful and faithful reproduction. The standard of the acting, singing and music were all excellent.
— Roy Packer
First amateur show I’ve been to and I thought it was fantastic. Being an Oz fan I was intrigued how it would look on stage and I was not disappointed. I could really tell that a lot of effort had gone into this performance. It was all spot on.
— Antony Lomasney

Production Photos


Aunt Em / Puppeteer
Di Annakin

Uncle Henry
Steve Brannam

Dorothy Gale
Alyssia Kershaw

Tia (Team Frank)
Scruffy (Team Baum)

Hickory - Farmhand / Tinman
Bryn Hughes

Hunk - Farmhand / Scarecrow
Craig Saunders

Zeke - Farmhand / Lion
Ian 'Spud' Smith

Miss Almira Gultch / The Wicked Witch of the West
Tracey Gonzato

Professor Chester Marvel / The Great Oz
Gary J. Myers

Glinda - The Good Witch of the North
Laura Newborough

Mayor of Munchkinland
John Eddie

James Young

Ian Moseley

City Fathers
David Scanlan, Richard Bond, Stephen Westwood

Gary J Myers, Ian Moseley, Stephen Westwood, Gavin Brooker

Apple Trees / Snowflakes
Debbie Hemmings, Lauren Blaxill, Ciara Smallbone, Katie Hawkins

The Emerald City Guard
Liam Brelsforth

Nikko - Head of the Flying Monkeys
Victoria Elliott

The Jitterbug
Luannsa Goodman

Winkie General
Gavin Brooker

Dorothy Understudy
Hannah Baker

Female chorus: Hannah Baker, Joanna Baker, Lauren Blaxill, Victoria Elliott, Charlotte Clifforth, Luannsa Goodman, Katie Hawkins, Debbie Hemmings, Jade Hollingshead, Katie Rose, Hannah Saadat-Jones, Ciara Smallbone

Male chorus: Stuart Baker, Richard Bond, Liam Brelsforth, Gavin Brooker, James Davies, John Eddie, Ollie Johnson, Gareth Jones, Ian Moseley, David Scanlan, Stephen Westwood, James Young

Children Team Frank: Morgan Sadler, Ellie Openshaw, Harriet Brannam, Charlotte Schooling, Aurelia Abbotts, Mia Kahr, Ben Pope, Owen White

Children Team Baum: Zoe Blackhall, Hannah Maxwell, Sasha Pankhurst, Mia Scannelli, Abbie Fernandez, Lucy Mcfee, Daniel James, Ryan Hawkes


Children's team 'Frank' performances:
Thurs 20 Nov, Sat 22 Nov (Eve), Wed 26, Fri 28, Sat 29 (Mat)

Children's team 'Baum' performances:
Fri 21 Nov, Sat 22 Nov (Mat), Sun 23 (Mat), Thurs 27, Sat 29 (Eve)

Creative team

Director and Choreographer
Nick Brannam

Musical Director
Neil Streeter

Assistant Director
Sally Manning

Dance Captain
Liz Ilett

Assistant Dance Captains
James Young and Luannsa Goodman

Production Manager
Abigail Parsons

Stage Manager
Steve Brannam

Deputy Stage Manager
Nick Horsey

Assistant Stage Manager
Natalie Randall

Stage Crew
Nick Mison and Tony Ward

Lighting Design
Elfie Courcoult

Additional Lighting Hire
Euro Hire Sound & Light and Matt Green

Lighting and Follow Spot Operators
Paul Morris and Billy Bubb

Sound Design and Hire
Daniel Paine - Spinaudio

Sound Desk Operator
Jamie Bond

Animation Sequences
Matt Duffin

Frank Heritage - 2LO Ltd

Set Design
Nick Brannam, Steve Brannam, Andy Foster

Set Construction
Steve Brannam and Andy Foster

Additional Scenery Hire
Scenic Projects UK

Props Coordinator
Roxanne Gambill

Props Team
Laura Balment and Natalie Randall

Additional Props Loan
Mike McKeown

Wardrobe Coordinator
Judith Ifould

Costume Creation for Dorothy
Teresa Hollingshead

Costume Creation for Scarecrow and Lion
Judith Ifould

ACE Theatrical Costumiers and BATS Wardobe

Connie Deadman, Christine Dollery, Abigail Parsons, Myra Ward

Make-up Coordinator
Judith Ifould

Make-up artists
Level Three Hair & Make-up students from Basingstoke College of Technology

Wig Hire
R.G. Wig Creations, "Big Wigs" trading at Edward James Cutting Rooms

Jill Brannam, Abigail Parsons, Liz Scorey

Marketing and Sales Officer
Bryn Hughes

Marketing and Sales Team
David Allard, Laura Balment, Lauren Blaxill, Gavin Brooker, Ian Moseley, Craig Nolan

Show Photographs
James Peer Photography

Programme Creation
Bryn Hughes and Ian Moseley

Child Protection Officer
Sally Manning

Angela Abbotts, Jill Brannam, Kirsty Hawkes, Teresa Hollingshead, Liz Ilett, Sally Manning, Janie Sadler, Amanda White

*The small print
Concessions - Apply to full price tickets for all performances. One discount per ticket  |  Registered disabled: please enquire at the box office  |  Group discount: (10+ people same show): £1 off full price or concessions  |  No other concessions apply.

Licensing information

By L. Frank Baum, with Music and Lyrics of the MGM motion picture score
By Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg
Background Music by Herbert Stothart
Dance & Vocal Arrangement by Peter Howard
Adapted by John Kane from the motion picture screenplay

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