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
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.
“… 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
- No Special Cautions
- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
- Optional Music/Media Fee: $45 per performance
- 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
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
- Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
- Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)
DISPLAY WITCH/ WITCH ONE/ VOICE OF MAID
LAWYER/ HOTEL DORRMAN/ HEAD WAITER
SAILOR/ DOCTOR/ MR. JENKINS/ HEAD CHEF
TREE-HOUSE WITCH/ MRS. JENKINS/ WITCH TWO
BRUNO JENKINS/ FROG/ SECOND CHEF
GRAND HIGH WITCH
- Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
Actors to play 21 roles
Music Material Rental Packages
Optional Piano/Vocal available.
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