The Witches (Wood/Dahl)

by  David Wood, Roald Dahl

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  4m, 6f

"While the kids will be thrilled by the dazzling illusions and the complex puppetry, their parents will be no less engaged by the sly humor that lurks within this ostensibly frivolous confection." - What's On Stage


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The Witches (Wood/Dahl)

by  David Wood Roald Dahl

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 6f
  • Duration

    Duration

    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Children (Age 6 - 10)
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

This is a faithful adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic story in which Boy and his Grandmother defeat the Grand High Witch and her followers, who are holding a Conference in an English seaside hotel. During the struggle, Boy gets turned into a mouse.

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. The play offers many opportunities for illusions and inventive puppetry. Humour is provided by the vulgar Jenkins family, whose son, Bruno, also becomes a mouse.

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Reviews

REVIEWS

“… 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

“… while the kids will be thrilled by the dazzling illusions and the complex puppetry, their parents will be no less engaged by the sly humour that lurks within this ostensibly frivolous confection.” - What’s On

“Innovative, ingenious and full of warmth and humour, this was family entertainment at its best.” - Bath Evening Chronicle

“This is going to be an enduring classic.” - Bristol Evening Post

“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

Videos

  • 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
  • Interview with David Wood
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
  • Optional Music/Media Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting: The action of the play takes place in Norway, at sea, and at the Hotel Magnificent in Bournemouth, England.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

4m, 6f
BOY
GRANDMOTHER
DISPLAY WITCH/ WITCH ONE/ VOICE OF MAID
LAWYER/ HOTEL DORRMAN/ HEAD WAITER
SAILOR/ DOCTOR/ MR. JENKINS/ HEAD CHEF
NURSE/ WAITRESS
TREE-HOUSE WITCH/ MRS. JENKINS/ WITCH TWO
BRUNO JENKINS/ FROG/ SECOND CHEF
GRAND HIGH WITCH
WAITER
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

Casting Notes

Actors to play 21 roles

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

Optional Piano/Vocal available.

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Authors

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 Witches was frst presented by Clarion Productions at the Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield in 1992.

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