A BRAND new adaptation of The Wizard of Oz is heading to Theatre Royal Winchester just in time for February half term.

L Frank Baum’s much-loved tale, now in a new comic adaptation by Oddsocks Productions, will be performed on February 9 and 10.

The show features new songs, familiar faces and laughs-a-plenty, with the chance to meet Dorothy as you’ve never seen her before.

Join Scarecrow, the cowardly Lion and Tin Man as they travel through the weird and wonderful land of Oz, encountering wet witches, flying monkeys, poisonous poppies and a multitude of Munchkins along the way.

The Wizard of Oz became a household name following the 1939 MGM film starring Judy Garland as Dorothy.

Since its release, everyone from The Muppets to Andrew Lloyd Webber has tackled the tale of the Emerald City.

Writer and producer Elli Mackenzie said: “To me, the story of Oz is about displacement and inventiveness.

“It’s a wonderful fantasy-tale of embracing challenges, new surroundings and learning that we all have an inner-resourcefulness and often already have the brain, heart and courage we need. It’s about realising your own potential.

“It’s also great to tell a story with a female role model, as a theatre company we feel a duty to send a message that Dorothy doesn’t have to be ‘just’ pigtails and gingham; she’s brave and kind and not afraid to stand up for what she believes in.

“We hope that audiences leave the theatre with a slightly bigger heart, positively challenged and perhaps a little braver too. But all the while, having enjoyed a great evening of entertainment shared with friends and family.”

The Wizard of Oz will be at Theatre Royal Winchester on February 9 and 10 at 7pm with a Saturday matinee at 1.30pm.

Tickets are available online and from the Box Office 01962 840 440.