The Magic Finger

by  David Wood, Roald Dahl

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 2f, 1boy(s), 1girl(s)

People familiar with Roald Dahl’s imaginative, whimsical, and fantastical classics will love The Magic Finger, an adventure about a girl with special powers.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f, 1boy(s), 1girl(s)
  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • SubGenre


    Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Young Children (Age 2 - 5)
    • Children (Age 6 - 10)
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)

Additional Info

People familiar with Roald Dahl’s imaginative, whimsical, and fantastical classics will love The Magic Finger, an adventure about a girl with special powers. When Lucy senses injustice, she gets angry, and when she gets angry, her Magic Finger heats up; and then, well, ANYTHING can happen. When Lucy gets upset with her best friend William and his family for shooting ducks for sport, she points her Magic Finger at them and turns them all into bird-size people, while the ducks become the size of humans. Lucy’s indignation turns the world into a place where the powerless are in charge and the powerful are taught a very big lesson. Playwright David Wood’s adaptations of the works of Roald Dahl have entertained and delighted audiences for years, and with The Magic Finger Wood brings another stellar Dahl story to life on the stage. 

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"The Magic Finger dreams big in every sense of the word, as children should." - DC Theatre Scene, Read More

"Adaptor Wood (also the dramatist for James and the Giant Peach) has given the Magic Finger script a nuanced attitude." - Washington Post, Read More

"I loved everything about this production...I had a great time at The Magic Finger – and so will you!" - DC Metro Theatre Arts, Read More


  • David Wood on Doing It Yourself
  • David Wood on Getting Started As a Playwright
  • David Wood on Challenges In His Plays
  • David Wood on Roald Dahl
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Performing Groups

  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Youth/Camp Programs
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Most of the play is set on the Gregg Family’s farm.
  • Additional Features: Animal spot, No intermission, Puppetry
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes


3m, 2f, 1boy(s), 1girl(s)
LUCY - Aged 8ish
MR. GREGG - His father
MRS. GREGG - His mother
LUCY'S MOTHER - Voice off only, never seen
LITTERBUG - In optional Epilogue
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Features Children
  • Flexible casting
  • Roles for Children

Casting Notes

For a cast of 7 …
F1 Lucy
F2 Mrs Gregg, (voice of Lucy’s Mother)
F3 Teacher (Mrs Winter), Mrs Duck
M1 William Gregg
M2 Mr Gregg
M3 Dog, Master Duck, Litterbug 
M4 Dog owner, Mr Duck



David Wood

David Wood has been called "the national children’s dramatist" (London Times). His plays are performed worldwide, and include The Gingerbread Man, The Plotters of Cabbage Patch Corner, Save the Human, Aladdin, Hijack Over Hygenia, Jack the Lad, Larry the Lamb in Toytown, Old Mother Hubbard and The Ideal Gnome Expeditio ...

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Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl

The Magic Finger was first performed by Imagination Stage in Bethesda, MD in April of 2013, under the direction of Kathryn Chase Bryer. 

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