George's Marvellous Medicine

by  David Wood, Roald Dahl

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 2f

"David Wood's sparkling new adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic gets the ear-splitting, roof-raising response it deserves." – The Stage

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George's Marvellous Medicine

by  David Wood Roald Dahl

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration


    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre


    Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Children (Age 6 - 10)
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)

Additional Info

George lives on a farm, managed by his mother and father. Their lives are thrown into disarray by the arrival of Grandma, who behaves appallingly. George tries to make her 'better' by creating a marvelous medicine, which has the most extraordinary effect on Grandma, who grows and grows until she bursts through the ceiling. George's father realizes that the magic medicine could work on his farm animals, providing extra food to help feed a hungry world. But attempts to make more medicine lead to hilarious and frustrating happenings... The play uses puppets to considerable effect, plus a Giant Chicken, played by an actor.
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"David Wood's sparkling new adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic gets the ear-splitting, roof-raising response it deserves." – The Stage

"This new adaptation is marvelous. It has all the ingredients needed for a really good family show... school groups could have lifted the rafters, they were so happy shouting at George!" – Birmingham Mail

"... a classic piece of theatrical magic when the grandmother grows through the roof ..."- Birmingham Post

"... an example of how to engage an audience's attention and keep it right to the end of the show. And beyond." -


  • 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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Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Youth/Camp Programs


  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance



  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • 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)


3m, 2f
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Cast Attributes

  • Flexible casting
  • Roles for Children

Casting Notes

Four main characters, plus the Giant Chicken, who can be played by a stage manager.  A Large chicken and optional little Grandma can be played by a child.



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

George's Marvelous Medicine was commissioned by the Birmingham Stage Company for the 2009-10 Christmas season at the Old Rep, Birmingham, the production then toured throughout 2010 and played a Christmas season for 2010-11 at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London.

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