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The Witches (Wood/Dahl)

Full-Length Play  /  6f, 4m

David Wood, Roald Dahl

Based on the book "The Witches" by Roald Dahl and Adapted by David Wood

For applications for the Plays for Children version, please apply for rights on this page and note in the additional comments which parts you want to perform.

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.


  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    6f, 4m
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences, Children (Age 6 - 10), Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
Licence details
  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.
  • Optional Music/Media Fee: £37 per performance

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Summary

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.

For applications for the Plays for Children version, please apply for rights on this page and note in the additional comments which parts you want to perform.

History
First performed at The Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield on 8th October 1992.
Cast Attributes
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

Boy

Grandmother

Display Witch/Witch One/Voice of Maid

Lawyer/Hotel Doorman/Head Witer

Sailor/Doctor/r Jenkins/Head Chef

Nurse/Waitress

Tree-House Witch/Mrs Jenkins/Witch Two

Bruno Jenkins/Frog/Second Chef

Grand High Witch

Waiter

Fifteen or so Witches (no individual lines)

Three or four Diners in the restaurant (can be doubled by Witches)

A Musician

Media

"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

"...an excellent, highly entertaining piece of family theatre." - Exeunt Magazine

"Seasoned adaptor David Wood sticks closely to the original novel, capturing its distinctive blend of comedy and horror... The Witches is an enjoyably rambunctious family show filled with mind-boggling illusions, impressive physical movement and catchy musical numbers. I have no doubt that it will entertain Roald Dahl fans both young and old." - British Theatre Guide

ON BREAKING CHARACTERPlaywright Interview: David Wood

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  • David Wood on Doing It Yourself

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  • David Wood on Challenges In His Plays

  • David Wood on Roald Dahl

  • Interview with 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

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