This weekend sees The Wizard Of Oz at the Assembly Hall Theatre. Starring TV’s Over the Rainbow semi-finalist as Dorothy, this is the successful stage version of the classic film based on L. Frank Baum’s wonderful books. It’s hard to believe that the film version is over seventy years old.
The show also stars Ben Hanson from Tracy Beaker and Cbeebies Sarah-Jane Honeywell, who many parents may remember from Higgledy-Piggledy-House.
Speaking of Sarah-Jane, as a fan of the series and someone who has lost a close family member to cancer, I feel it only fair to mention the sad death of Elisabeth Sladen, who memorably played Sarah-Jane Smith in Dr Who. She recently built on her ageing fan-base by bringing Sarah-Jane back to life on CBBC and opening up a whole new audience. I know children, young and old, will miss her memorable character.
This weekend marks three big occasions; my daughters; Shakespeare’s birthday and St George’s Day.
Around the town this will be marked by a St George’s Day Party at the Grove Tavern; a Morris Dancing BBQ at Sankey’s and The Play’s The Thing at Bodiam Castle.
I would also recommend, albeit slightly out of the town, Shakespeare’s Globe, where tomorrow will mark the first performance of Hamlet as part of their 2011 season.
For details of all of the above, see their websites.
For me, I’m off to see the wizard and next week will give a full review of The Wizard Of Oz.