After amazing previous productions of Elf, Cinderella and Peter Pan, WIZARD OF OZ is the brand-new spectacular Christmas show set to lift the art of arena panto right over the rainbow to Aberdeen’s P&J Live on Friday, 17thDecember 2021.
It will be performed on the world’s biggest panto stage, (the equivalent of four London Palladiums), plus two mobile stages that travel around the arena as the yellow brick road unfolds in front of a 6,000 seat audience. Producer Jon Conway points out this is only half the normal arena capacity and with its vast foyers and high arena auditorium, he is confident it will be one of the safest covid aware performance spaces this Xmas.
‘Country File’ and ‘One Show’ star Matt Baker plays the Wizard. Matt says: “This Christmas I'm swapping the green fields of Our Farm in the Dales for the Emerald City! I'll be an acrobatic, laser wielding wizard and I might even bring the Children in Need Rickshaw along for the ride. It's a show packed with spectacular entertainment and fun with a brilliant script and cast to boot. I can't wait for my festive tour on the yellow brick road!“
Jenny Ryan is best known as ‘The Vixen’ on ITV’s hit show ‘The Chase’ but is also known for her fabulous voice on ‘Celebrity X Factor’. Jenny says: “The spectacular size of the show is breathtaking. There are giant video screens with animated computer graphic backgrounds and an ice-covered Emerald city skating scene that is magical. With a ten-metre tall roof there is plenty of flying, with cirque stars as the crows and the witch actually flies on a broomstick around the arena. What’s also fun is that I am known as one of telly’s top TV quizzers, yet I have to contend with a man with no brains at all.”
This refers to the Scarecrow played by the new comedy star Jordan Conway. Astonishingly, given the pandemic, Jordan has worked non-stop every week since May, headlining his own show at Butlins, Blackpool’s Viva cabaret and theatre tours. Jordan is the only cast member to have appeared in all four World’s Biggest Panto arena shows.
Jordan says: “I can’t wait to get started, nothing beats the sound of thousands of family members all laughing together.”
Charlie Quirke who is known for his role as Travis in the hugely popular TV Sit-Com Birds of a Feather will play the role of the Tin Man bringing an eccentric mechanical twist to the role. Charlie says: I'm excited to be performing again in another spectacular WBP production and touring to these great venues creating this wonderful character.
Louise Stewart, Head of Entertainment, Exhibitions & Marketing at P&J Live says: ”Everybody loves a panto at Christmas time and, with most of us having missed our regular Christmas visit to the theatre in 2020, we wanted to bring an extra special panto extravaganza to Aberdeen this year. With some fantastic famous faces and incredible sets, we can’t wait for the people of the North East to immerse themselves in the wonderful world of Oz.”
Wizard Of Oz The Arena Spectacular will visit 8 city arenas across the UK, Cardiff Sat 4 December, Sheffield Friday 10 December, Liverpool Sunday 12 December, Aberdeen, 17 December, Leeds, Monday 20 December, Birmingham Tue 21-Friday 24 December, Glasgow Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 December, Wembley Thursday 30 December, and Nottingham Sunday 2 January.
P&J Live’s venue pre-sale starts at 9am on Thursday, September 30th 2021 and tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday, October 1st 2021 at www.pandjlive.com
Frequently Asked Questions
- How can I buy a VIP View Bar Upgrade?
You can purchase a VIP View Bar Upgrade to selected events here. It includes early access, fast-track entry, complimentary drink on arrival and access to the View Bar before, during and post-show.
- How can I purchase tickets for a concert at P&J Live?
Tickets are available from our ticketing agent Ticketmaster on www.ticketmaster.co.uk
P&J Live do not sell tickets directly.
- How do I register for access to venue presale?
For certain events, venue presale tickets might be on offer. This means you'll be access tickets before they go on general sale.
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- How can I book a table at 195 Bar & Grill?
Our 195 Bar & Grill offers a unique dining experience before selected shows at P&J Live. You can check availability and book a table here.
- Will I be able to purchase food at P&J Live?
There is a wide range of food and beverage options available to purchase for concerts and events, including catering outlets offering a variety of hot food options.
Please note - it is against venue policy to allow patrons to bring in their own food and drink to the venue. At P&J live it is our aim to be completely cashless, all of our bars, kiosks and restaurants accept card payments, this is more efficient, safe and ensures a speedy transaction. There are therefore no cash machines on the TECA site.
- Is there parking available at P&J Live?
Yes, there is parking available on-site at P&J Live.
There are various ways to pay for your parking at P&J Live
On site payment machines: We accept both cash and card payments on site, pay on exit is required by entering your vehicle registration at any one of our machines located in the car parks. Please note payment machines only take coins and not notes.
APCOA Connect App: Up to 24 hour after you have left the venue, you can pay for your parking on the APCOA Connect App. Once you have downloaded the app, use location code 6680 for the Sub-T Car Park (underground) and location code 2356 for the Surface Car Park.
You can also pay for parking via the APCOA website here, click which car park you parked in and then you will be able to pay for parking.
- Can I pay by cash within P&J Live?
At P&J Live it is our aim to be completely cashless, all of our bars, kiosks and restaurants accept card and contactless payments. This is more efficient, safe and ensures a speedy transaction.
There are no cash machines on the TECA sites.
- What bus can take me to P&J Live?
Regular buses will be coming in and out of the complex daily for public use. Details on bus routes and operators are still in discussion and any updates will be posted on the getting here page of the website.
Currently, the Stagecoach Bluebird Jet Service 727 runs regularly from Aberdeen City Centre to Aberdeen Airport, stopping in the TECA site.