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Fantastic Mr Fox (Wood)

Full-Length Play, Comedy  /  2w, 5m

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

Roald Dahl’s much-loved story follows the vain efforts of three farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean (one fat, one short, one lean), who attempt to get rid of the fox who regularly steals food from their farms.

Fantastic Mr Fox (Wood)

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2w, 5m
  • Duration
    Duration
    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Children (Age 6 - 10), Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Details

Summary

Roald Dahl’s much-loved story follows the vain attempts of three farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean (one fat, one short, one lean), to get rid of the fox who regularly steals food from their farms. Despite their efforts to kill the fox by any means possible, the hapless farmers are outwitted at every turn. Ultimately, Fantastic Mr. Fox devises a plan to ensure full stomachs for his family and friends, all of whom celebrate with a sumptuous feast.

History

Commissioned by the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Fantastic Mr. Fox was first performed there in 2001.

BADGER/NARRATOR – Avuncularly friendly
MR. FOX – Confidently courageous
MRS. FOX – Bravely protective
BOGGIS – A fat farmer
BUNCE – A "pot-belied dwarf" farmer
BEAN – A lean, tall farmer
RAT – Whining parasite
MABEL – Gossipy housekeeper
MRS. BADGER
YOUNG FARMER/MR. MOLE
YOUNG FARMER/MR. WEASEL
YOUNG FARMER/MR. RABBIT
YOUNG FARMER/RAT
YOUNG FARMER
MRS. MOLE
SMALL MOLES
MRS. WEASEL
SMALL WEASELS
MRS. RABBIT
SMALL RABBITS
SMALL BADGERS
SMALL FOXES
LANDGIRLS
LANDGIRL/RAT
CHAPERONES
VILLAGERS

Plus children's chorus. One of the Farmers can double as RAT and MRS. FOX can double as MABEL. If necessary, the Animals can also play Villagers.

Plus children's chorus. One of the Farmers can double as RAT and MRS. FOX can double as MABEL. If necessary, the Animals can also play Villagers.

  • Time Period Present Day
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Additional Features Not Applicable
  • Duration 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Cautions
    • No Special Cautions

Media

“This is a classic tale of goodies and baddies... a fantastic show to be enjoyed by kids of all ages.” – Coventry Evening Telegraph

“Another excellent adaptation of a Roald Dahl’s children’s classic by David Wood… designed to capture fertile imaginations within its appealing storyline and simple language… no wonder it is a hit.” – The Stage

“A packed audience sat enthralled, entertained and sometimes scared… not a dry eye in the house as the audience collapsed in hysterics at the hen-grabbing scene.” – Heartland Evening News

“It was going to take someone as clever as the cunning fox himself to bring my favourite childhood book to life. And David Wood, who masterfully adapted Roald Dahl’s The Twits, didn’t let me down. This is a classic tale of goodies and baddies – of Mr. Fox trying to outwit the mean and repulsive farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean… this is a fantastic show to be enjoyed by kids of all ages.” – Coventry Evening Telegraph

ON BREAKING CHARACTER

Playwright Interview: David Wood

Videos

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    David Wood on Doing It Yourself

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    David Wood on Getting Started As a Playwright

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    David Wood on Challenges In His Plays

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    David Wood on Roald Dahl

Music

  • Musical Style N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal DemandsN/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size N/A (Not a musical)

Licensing & Materials

  • Minimum Fee: £70 per performance plus VAT when applicable.
  • Optional Music/Media Fee: £37 per performance

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Authors

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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