LISBURN man Tommy Wallace is stepping into a very unusual role
in the Lyric Theatre's latest production - as the Wicked Witch
of the West in The Wizard of Oz.
Tommy, a professional actor, was born and
bred in Lisburn before treading the boards in the West End in
Andrew Lloyd Webber's acclaimed musical Cats and appearing in
television programmes such as A Touch of Frost'.
Now he has returned to Northern Ireland and
will be donning his witches hat as the curtain goes up tonight
(Friday) on the Lyric Theatre's production of 'The Wizard of
"I originally auditioned for scarecrow and
tinman," explained Tommy. "When I went to leave the
choreographer said the director wanted me to read for another
part and I found out Richard wanted me to read for the Wicked
"We are doing the Royal Shakespeare Company's
version of The Wizard of Oz and they had a man playing the
Wicked Witch. It works really well.
"Rehearsals are going well. The cast is so
strong and most of us know each other so there is a real family
Joining Tommy on stage at the Lyric will be
Rachel Tucker as Dorothy and Karen Rush as the Glenda the Good
Witch. The show is directed by Richard Croxford and
choreographed by Deborah Maguire.
For further information on 'The Wizard of
Oz', which runs until January 12, or to book tickets contact the
Lyric Theatre Box Office on 9038 5685.