Big Finish is excited to announce details for a brand-new full-cast dramatisation of L. Frank Baum’s classic story, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz!
Two-hour The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has been adapted for audio by writer Marc Platt, and is produced and directed by Scott Handcock. Guest cast for the drama include Dan Bottomley, Daniel Brocklebank, Alex Jordan (nominated for a 2014 BBC Audio Drama Award for his work in Big Finish’s Frankenstein), Stuart Milligan, Rachel Atkins, Jacqueline King, Lizzie Hopley and Dan Starkey, with newcomer Ally Doman taking centre-stage as Dorothy herself!
‘Adapting The Wonderful Wizard of Oz for audio has been so much fun,’ explains Marc, ‘it’s a whole new toybox to play in. There’s a lot more story in the book than we know from the film. And it has moments of darkness too, but with a quirky, magical tone unique to L. Frank Baum’s unfettered imagination.’
‘The fun spilled through into the studio as well. Scott Handcock’s splendid cast play witches, winged monkeys, mice and hammerheads with tremendous and grotesque enthusiasm. Rachel Atkins is a very scary Wicked Witch of the West, and the Tinman, the Scarecrow and Lion end up feeling like old friends. Best of all is Ally Doman, a real find, as an enchanting, no-nonsense Dorothy around whom all the other madness revolves.’
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz will be released in September 2015 on double CD and can be pre-ordered now on CD (£14.99) and download (£12.99). It’s the latest title in the Big Finish Classics range, which includes last year’s highly praised and award-nominated version of Frankenstein.