This is one technicolour treat.

The Wizard of Oz is bright, bold and brimming with colour and creativity. 

It's a turbocharged revival which sometimes almost slips into video game mode with the audience on a crazy rollercoaster ride from the rolling farmland of Kansas to the crazy, kitsch and futuristic neon of Emerald City.

Daily Echo: A scene from The Wizard of Oz

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Even Dorothy's usually dazzling red sparkly slippers pale into insignificance amidst a backdrop of a fast moving city, which looked very much like Times Square in New York dipped in green paint, and the multicolour neon framing of the stage throughout. 

The costumes are flamboyant and imaginative, particularly the garish greens and rich purples gifted to RuPaul's Drag Race UK winner The Vivienne, who shone. There was certainly a touch of pantomime about the performance and our panto loving nine and five-year-olds wondered why they weren't really meant to boo and hiss whenever The Wicked Witch of the West made an appearance on stage. 

Dorothy (Aviva Tulley) was a delight, with a voice perfectly suited to singing Over the Rainbow several times. That and the other songs from the original score, including We're Off To See the Wizard and Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead, overshadowed Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's unremarkable new additions. 

Daily Echo: A scene from The Wizard of Oz

Her Yellow Brick Road companions were also well cast.

Benjamin Yates made a handsome scarecrow, Nic Greenshields managed to appear timid despite towering over everyone else as the cowardly lion, and the moment when the tin man (Marley Fenton) came back to life with a can of WD40 and a whole host of moves was a stand out moment.

Toto the dog, a clever puppet in the Lion King mould operated by Abigail Matthews, really grew on me and became a delightful antidote to all the high-tech wizardry on the screen behind the action.

There are nods to the 1939 classic film and it's certainly cinematic, but this is more 'in your face 4D multiplex with booming surround sound' than your pre-war MGM musical fantasy.

Daily Echo: A scene from The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz runs until Sunday. 

Tickets from 023 8071 1811 or