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The Worst Witch

Emma Reeves, Jill Murphy, Luke Potter

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  10f

Adapted from Jill Murphy’s original books by Emma Reeves  / With music by Luke Potter

Mildred Hubble is an ordinary girl who found herself in an extraordinary place: a school for witches. Now in her final year at Miss Cackle’s Academy, accident prone Mildred and her fellow pupils are about to embark on their biggest adventure yet…
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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    10f
  • Duration
    Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Adaptations (Literature)
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
Accolades
Accolades
  • Nominee: Olivier Award for Best Family Show
Description

Mildred Hubble is an ordinary girl who found herself in an extraordinary place: a school for witches. Now in her final year at Miss Cackle’s Academy, accident prone Mildred and her fellow pupils are about to embark on their biggest adventure yet…

When Mildred and her friends decide to put on a play about their experiences as witches in training, mayhem inevitably ensues. Jealous Ethel Hallow is always out to spoil Mildred’s fun. Stern Miss Hardbroom is opposed to all fun in general. Worst of all, an old enemy returns with a plan for revenge that could threaten not just the Academy, but the whole world.

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Youth/Camp Programs

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.


    This title is currently restricted in London, please contact the Licensing Department for further details.

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Additional Features: Play w/ Music

Casting

10f
Cast Attributes
  • All Female
Miss Ada Cackle/Agatha Cackle
Miss Hecate Hardbroom
Mildred Hubble
Maud Spellbody
Enid Nightshade
Ethel Hallow
Miss Bat*
Miss Drill*
Fenella Feverfew*
Drusilla Paddock*

*These characters double as the "Band", playing the accompanying music throughout.


Casting Notes

Miss Bat, Miss Drill, Fenella Feverfew and Drusilla Paddock double as the "Band", playing the accompanying music throughout. In the 2019 West End production, the doubling was as follows:

Miss Bat: Piano, Guitar, Cello
Miss Drill: Guitar, Drums, Percussion, Clarinet
Fenella Feverfew: Bass Guitar
Drusilla Paddock: Baritone Saxophone

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Full Package:

10 Piano/Conductor Full Scores
1 Electric Guitar
1 Bass Guitar
1 Baritone Saxophone
1 Drums/Percussion (Drum Kit, Tambourine, Glockenspiel, Swanee Whistle, Triangle, Flexatone, Egg Shaker, Mark Tree, Xylophone, Dulcimer)
1 Clarinet (Only features in 3 numbers)
1 Cello (Only features in 3 numbers)

Press

"something really magic..." - Time Out

"Mildred Hubble’s misadventures are told with wit and ingenuity..." - The Guardian

"... it empowers its young audience by sparking their imagination." - The Guardian

"A cauldron of delights..." - WhatsOnStage

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Authors

Author

Emma Reeves

Author

Jill Murphy

Author

Luke Potter

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