On the long road... to Oz

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IT’S time for a Christmas overload as we get through some more of the festive shows appearing near you.

Over at Partick, we’re not in Kansas anymore, obviously: more like Cottiers Theatre.

The trendy westend venue is staging a somewhat different production of The Wizard of Oz, only its transformed into The Pure Amazing Wizard of Oz.

There are some decent names with sound pedigrees in the mix for this take on Dorothy’s visit to the Emerald City.

Starring as the Scarecrow is Neil McNulty of River City fame, who said: “I am so excited to be part of this panto.

“It is full of amazing songs and we are having so much fun.

“I am looking forward to seeing everyone there!

“I can’t wait to be the Scarecrow and be home in the westend for Christmas.”

Along with Neil, there is Conner McAllister, who shoots in direct from that other West End (you know the one) where he has been starring in its production of Billy Elliot.

Connor, originally from the southside, said: “I am so excited to be coming home for Christmas; this is going to be such a fun panto for all the family.”

Joining the starry cast will also be Joanne McGuiness, who has recently finished a production of Glasgow Girls at NTS, and Alison Rona Cleland, fresh from I Will Survive.

Lastly, there is Lee Reynolds who has previously appeared in productions such as Hair.

Artistic director Paul Harper-Swan said: “We are thrilled to be bringing a panto to the westend this year.

“I am so thrilled with the cast. Grab a ticket while you still can.”

Times and ticket info at http://www.cottiers.com/.