THE WIZARD OF OZ

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The world’s favourite mu­si­cal is re­turn­ing to Aus­tralia. The Lon­don Pal­la­dium pro­duc­tion of “The Wizard of Oz” will have its Aus­tralian Pre­miere in Bris­bane this month. Aus­tralia’s lead­ing mu­si­cal the­atre star An­thony War­low plays The Wizard and Pro­fes­sor Marvel, while Lucy Du­rack will play Glinda the Good Witch, and Jemma Rix will be The Wicked Witch of the West. Ris­ing star Sa­man­tha Dode­maide breaks out of the cho­rus to wear the ruby slip­pers of Dorothy Gale.

From 4 Novem­ber, Lyric The­atre, QPAC, cnr Grey and Mel­bourne Streets, South Bank. 136 246. qpac.com.au

Gather in King Ge­orge Square for the much-loved tra­di­tion of the light­ing of the Bris­bane City Christ­mas Tree. Join Bris­bane’s Lord Mayor Gra­ham Quirk, Santa and spe­cial guests to wel­come the fes­tive sea­son by il­lu­mi­nat­ing Queens­land’s largest so­lar-pow­ered Christ­mas tree. Soak up the fes­tive cheer with a host of Christ­mas carols on the night and a spe­cial Christ­mas per­for­mance. The tree will light up the city sky every night un­til Christ­mas Eve, so make sure you visit King Ge­orge Square to en­joy the beau­ti­ful sight.

25 Novem­ber, King Ge­orge Square, Bris­bane City. vis­it­bris­bane.com.au

Take the hand of Peter Pan and come on a jour­ney to the fa­bled Nev­er­land. Wendy and her two broth­ers lit­er­ally fly into the ad­ven­ture of a life­time when Peter Pan leads them to a fan­tas­ti­cal imag­i­nary world of fairies, mer­maids, pi­rates and one very large croc­o­dile. With swash­buck­ling sword fights, over­sized pup­pets and breath­tak­ing fly­ing se­quences, Trey Mcintyre’s “Peter Pan” uses a bril­liant mix of dance and the­atre to tell the tale of the boy who never grew up. Told from a child’s per­spec­tive, this imag­i­na­tive bal­let re-in­ter­prets J M Bar­rie’s fa­mous story with wit, verve and a dis­tinctly mod­ern spirit. Peter Pan may not have grown up, but his story has.

Un­til 5 Novem­ber, Play­house, QPAC, cnr Grey and Mel­bourne Streets, South Bank. 136 246. qpac.com.au

Photo: Daniel A. Swalec.

Photo: © Marc Grimwade.

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