Based on the novel by L. Frank Baum
Adapted for the stage by Anna Clarkson, Julia Hogan, Chris Hoyle, Terry Hughes, Mark Murphy, Elizabeth Newman, Eve Steele, Jill Stephenson, Jennifer Tuckett
Music and Songs by Barbara Hockaday & Rob Hiley
Directed by Ben Occhipinti

Follow the yellow brick road to Bolton this Christmas to experience the magical story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Lost in an unfamiliar land, inhabited by munchkins, flying monkeys and witches, Dorothy and her faithful dog Toto, need to find their way back home to Bolton. Heading for the Emerald City, with the help of her new friends; Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy sets out along the yellow brick road to find the Great Oz – a Wizard from Wigan with the power to make all of their dreams come true.

As our building is currently closed for our major redevelopment project we are thrilled to presenting our festive show this year at the University of Bolton Stadium (formerly the Macron) and after box office and critical success in 2011 we can't wait to see this iconic story return to Bolton once again.

PRE THEATRE DINING - Enjoy a 3 course meal for just £21.50 at Heathcote & Co at Bolton Whites Hotel - find out more 

PLEASE NOTE this play contains strobe lighting effects.

Production Sponsor        VENUE PARTNER

Additional information


Premier Suite, The University of Bolton Stadium, BL6 6SF




Adults Concessions £2 off, Children £3 off

Small groups (4+)

Save 10% off tickets

Age guide 5+

We do not admit babes in arms (Children under 18 months)

Relaxed performance

Wed 12 December, 2.15pm - download the Visual Story 


Matthew Ganley

Matthew Ganley

Uncle Henry/The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Helen Sheals

Helen Sheals

Aunt Em/Good Witch of the North
Sufia Manya

Sufia Manya

Wicked Witch of the West/Jade



The Octagon acting company are joined by two teams of young people who will play in alternate performances.

Leena Adenmosun

Sam Ainscough

Declan Anthony

Faith Barlow

Jessica Buckthorpe

Amy Burns

Calli Crook

Emma Catterall

Adam Crompton

Mollie Gatrick

Bea Glancy

James Grundy

William Grunstein

Mairghréad Hodgkinson-Bostock

Alexandra Lewis-Hurst

Francesca Lewis-Hurst

Martha LeRoy

Alice Loftus

James Storey

Taniesha Marsden

Rosalyn Harper

Luke Power

Emily Scrutton

Alfie Williams


Liz Cooke

Set & Costume Designer

Rob Hiley

Music Director & Arranger

Robbie Butler

Lighting Designer

Lesley Hutchison

Movement & Associate Director

Lorna Munden

Sound Designer

Sophia Horrocks

Deputy Stage Manager

Eilidh Gibson

Assistant Director

Josie Flavius-Worner

Second Assistant Director

"Brilliantly executed...the kids loved it."

The Stage

"There's no place like Bolton this Christmas"

Manchester Evening News

"Sure to delight families throughout the festive season"

The Bolton News (Reviews from Octagon's 2011 production of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)
Opening Night

Tickets:  £16 - £24
Adult concessions:  £2 off 
Children: £3 off     
Small Groups (4+): save 10% 
Groups 10+: save 15%* For every 10 child tickets,  1 free adult 
Schools: £12* For every 10 pupils  1 free teacher ticket 

Show accessible performances only

*Not available on peak performances (Sat 22 - Mon 31 December - all performances)

**Relaxed Performance

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The University of Bolton Stadium, Horwich, Bolton, BL6 6SF

(Formerly the Macron Stadium)

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