Adapted for the stage by David Wood taken from the book written by Roald Dahl.
First presented by Clarion Productions at the Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield in 1992 and on tour including a Christmas West End season, at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London.
Clarion toured the play again a few years later, including a West End season at the Vaudeville Theatre, London. Since then there have been many productions abroad, notably in Belgium and Scandinavian countries, as well as a repertory production at the Haymarket Theatre, Leicester, and many amateur productions.
This is a faithful adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic story in which Boy and his Grandmother arrive in England and endeavour to defeat the Grand High Witch and her followers, who are holding a Conference in an English seaside hotel. These Witches hate children. Will Boy turn into a mouse? What will become of this Grandmother? We may need your help to defeat the Witches!!!! Book your seats when available – we don’t want to see you disappointed!!!
The Witches are nothing like the ones who wear pointed hats and fly on broomsticks – they look very much like ordinary women, which helps their deception. Don’t be fooled by them.
There will be illusions and inventive puppetry. Humour is provided by the vulgar Jenkins family, whose son, Bruno, also may end up turning into a mouse. Will Boy be able to save him?
David Wood writes: “We had great fun with this play. I particularly relish the memory of our regular recruitment of fifteen local amateur actresses, who joined the professional cast the play the witches. Their contribution to the realisation of this exciting story was considerable.”
“… cracking adaptation …” The Guardian
“THE WITCHES is a total delight.” Evening Standard
“… this vermonious entertainment has a good hiss-and-boo rating and can be warmly recommended to dutiful parents as well as to their children.” Sunday Telegraph
“David Wood’s adaptation is unmissable for kids and adults alike.” Glasgow Evening Times
“This stylish adaptation of Roald Dahl’s THE WITCHES is so utterly beguiling, it carries you along on a glorious journey of fiendish fantasy. THE WITCHES is top drawer family entertainment – chilling but thrilling!” Bournemouth Evening Echo
Tickets are £10 and for under 16’s they are £5.
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This amateur production of “The Witches” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD
Meet the Cast
Marcus Carson as Boy
Victoria Bungay as Bruno Jenkins
Pat Peters as the Grand High Witch
Juliet Roach as Grandma
Mike Hamilton as Mr Jenkins
Margaret Bond as Mrs Jenkins, the Maid and the Display Witch
Pauline Jury as Witch 1
Audrey Moore as Witch 2
Les Hunt as the Lawyer
Samuel Carson as the Sailor and Waiter
Hilary Watkins-Field as the Tree-House Witch
Tony Christopher as the Doctor
Liz Langley as the Lady
Lee Haddow as the Hotel Doorman
Katherine Lister as the Frog
Ray Virr as the Head Waiter and Hotel Manager
Martin Moore as Head Chef
Holly Reed as the Second Chef
Mary Spreadborough as one of the Witches
Jane Pile-Rowland as one of the Witches