George's Marvellous Medicine

Full-Length Play, Drama  /  2w, 2m, 1any gender (adult)

Adapted for the stage by David Wood
From the book by Roald Dahl

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

George's Marvellous Medicine

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2w, 2m, 1any gender (adult)
  • SubGenre
    Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences


It's the half-term holiday and George Kranky is looking forward to a break from school when a letter from Grandma arrives announcing that she is coming to stay – that very day! Soon she is making George's life miserable with spiteful comments and demands for doses of medicine, so George decides to mix a new type of medicine for her. Shaving foam, shampoo, lipstick and chilli powder all go into the mixture, which makes Grandma grow and grow into a giant until she crashes through the farmhouse roof. Soon Dad comes up with a plan to use the medicine to make giant farm animals – and a fortune for the Kranky family. First George needs to remember the ingredients for his marvellous medicine, with a little help from the audience.
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.
Giant Chicken
  • Time Period Contemporary
  • Setting A farmyard and farmhouse
  • Cautions
    • No Special Cautions


“Nasty, naughty fun.” – The Times

“This new adaptation is marvellous. 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.” – Whatsonstage.com


Playwright Interview: David Wood

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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 ...

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Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was a spy, ace fighter pilot, chocolate historian and medical inventor. His first moment of inspiration came when he was at boarding school, when a local chocolate factory invited pupils to trial new chocolate bars. Thirty-five years later, Charlie and ...

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