James and the Giant Peach (Wood)

Full-Length Play, Comedy

David Wood, Roald Dahl

"Pure fun for the whole family. A remarkable theatrical feat!" - Northampton Chronicle

  • SubGenre
    Adaptations (Literature), 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.



The story of Roald Dahl’s classic tale is faithfully told by James himself and the insect characters – Miss Spider, Old-Green-Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybird, and Earthworm. The play begins at the end of the story, when James and his friends are living in the giant peach stone in Central Park, New York.

A tour guide brings a party of tourists (the audience) to see this major attraction, and James and his friends tell the story of how they came to live in New York. The insects play the other roles, like James’s cruel Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker, and the epic journey across the Atlantic is acted out with live action, puppetry and storytelling in David Wood's masterful adaptation.

A joint commission by the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff and the Birmingham Stage Company, for the 2001/2 Christmas season. The Birmingham production opened at the Old Rep., and then toured the UK. The US premiere was presented by the San Diego Junior Theatre in 2003.
Cast Attributes
  • Time Period 1960s, 1950s, 1940s / WWII, 1930s
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Cautions
    • No Special Cautions


“… a great introduction for first-timers to the work of the masterful Dahl … a theatrical treat for children and adults alike.“ Belfast Newsletter

“The David Wood adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic tale is a must … the story’s transition onto the stage is stunning … a wonderful piece of imaginative theatre for youngsters and the young at heart.” Northampton Herald and Post

“The content is timeless and, thanks to the adaptive genius of David Wood, is now enabling a new generation of children, of all ages, the chance to marvel at the brilliance of the master storyteller via the magic of the theatre.” Encore Magazine

“… some wonderful sequences, including the giant peach squashing the nasty aunts, floating in the water and being attacked by sharks and pulled out of the water by thousands of seagulls … it was a delight to see James and his new friends end up in New York where they made their home… a fantastic show.” The West Briton

“… an excellent adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic by David Wood … an excellent introduction to live theatre.” The Stage

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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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