SPECTACULAR family pantomimes are back at St Helens Theatre Royal for 2022 – with the first of four shows taking to the stage during the February half-term holidays.

The Wizard Of Oz is a tale of love and friendship, and it continues to be a firm favourite with theatregoers of all ages. The show is part of the venue’s exciting Spring Season 2022 programme, which was announced earlier this month. 

Mia Molloy will be wearing those iconic red shoes and takes the lead role as Dorothy, joined by Abigail Middleton as the Wicked Witch. 

Reece Sibbald, who starred in Regal’s Jack And The Beanstalk in October, is Scarecrow; Tin Man is Harry Moore, who appeared in Regal’s Goldilocks And The Three Bears in December; and Scott Gallagher as Lion after also appearing alongside Harry in Goldilocks And The Three Bears. 

Glinda will be played by Jenna Sian O’Hara, who also starred in Jack And The Beanstalk and Goldilocks And The Three Bears last year. Adam Melville will play The Wizard. 

The Wizard Of Oz is the first of four Regal Entertainments’ pantomimes being staged at St Helens Theatre Royal during 2022.

The programme also includes Peter Pan at Easter, Sleeping Beauty during October half-term, and Cinderella at Christmas 2022. 

Theatre Manager, Chantelle Nolan, said: “It’s always such a joy to announce a classic show. The Wizard Of Oz really has stood the test of time on stage and the silver screen, wowing youngsters and grown-ups alike. Seeing children sat in the auditorium alongside their parents and grandparents all enjoying the show is special. 

“This year, Regal Entertainments will also be bringing Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella to the St Helens stage – all iconic and real classics. But for now, click your heels together as we join Dorothy and Toto on their colourful adventure.” 

St Helens Theatre Royal has a range of Covid-secure measures in place. They include increased cleaning, hand sanitiser stations at points throughout the building, and a QR code phone app for audiences to order food and beverages to be delivered to them at their seats. 

Customers are asked to continue to wear face coverings (unless exempt) as a courtesy to others, and are being encouraged to take a lateral flow test up to 48 hours before attending a show. People are asked not to visit the theatre if they have Covid symptoms. Meanwhile theatre staff are taking daily Covid tests