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The BFG (Big Friendly Giant)

David Wood, Roald Dahl

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4f, 4m

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


Roald Dahl’s classic book about the 24-feet-high Big Friendly Giant and a little orphan called Sophie brings to the stage some of Dahl’s most memorable characters.


The BFG (Big Friendly Giant)

by  David Wood Roald Dahl

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4f, 4m
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
Description

Roald Dahl’s classic book about the 24-feet-high Big Friendly Giant and a little orphan called Sophie brings to the stage some of Dahl’s most memorable characters.

The BFG and Sophie team up to save the children of England from the child-eating giants, Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater, Bonecruncher, Meatdripper, Childchewer, and Gizzardgulper. They are assisted by the Queen of England and the Heads of the Army and Airforce with their helicopters. Locations include the BFG’s cave in Giant Country, Dream Country and Buckingham Palace.

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
The BFG was first performed at Wimbledon Theatre in 1991, followed by a tour and a West End season for Christmas at the Aldwych Theatre. Since then there have been two major UK tours and two West End seasons at the Albery Theatre and Playhouse Theatre. The play has also become popular in the United States, with productions by Chicago Children’s Theatre, Dallas Children’s Theater and, in a slightly revised version, Seattle Children’s Theatre.
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Performing Groups
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Youth/Camp Programs
Cautions
  • No Special Cautions

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.
  • Optional Music/Media Fee: £37 per performance

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Additional Features: Play w/ Music

Casting

4f, 4m
Cast Attributes
  • Expandable casting
  • Roles for Children

SOPHIE
THE BFG
THE QUEEN OF ENGLAND
MARY
MR. TIBBS
MRS. CLINKERS
HEAD OF THE ARMY
HEAD OF THE AIR FORCE
KING OF SWEDEN
SULTAN OF BAGHDAD
MONSIEUR PAPILLON
THE FLESHLUMPEATER
THE BONECRUNCHER
THE MANHUGGER
THE CHILDCHEWER
THE MEATDRIPPER
THE GIZZARDGULPER
THE MAIDMASHER
THE BLOODBOTTLER
THE BUTCHER BOY

Casting Notes

Minimum cast of 8 to play 30 roles

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REVIEWS

“A combination of top playwright David Wood and top children’s writer Roald Dahl can’t fail” - Western Daily Press

“Any child not delighted by THE BFG must have a head filled with squashed flies and deserves to be fed for a year on disgustatious snozzcumbers.” - The Guardian

“Like most David Wood shows, this will thrill the kids without boring the adults. I’d be bogswinkled if I didn’t admit it is quite scrumdiddlyumptious.” - Bristol Evening Post

“THE BFG presents an awesome challenge which the children’s dramatist meets with his customary panache… The chiddlers in the audience seemed genuinely enthralled – and it certainly makes a change from the telebunkum box”. - Financial Times

“Whizzpopping wonderful!” - Croydon Advertiser

ON BREAKING CHARACTERPlaywright Interview: David Wood

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  • David Wood on BFG

  • 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 Mother Hubbard and The Ideal Gnome Expeditio ...

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Roald Dahl

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