National Theatre announces new musical version of Roald Dahl’s ‘THE WITCHES’

The National Theatre has announced a brand new musical version of Roald Dahl’s timeless tale, THE WITCHES, which will play in the Olivier theatre from 7 November 2023.

One of Dahl’s most loved stories, THE WITCHES is a brilliant blend of his trademark humour and hairraising action, featuring one of his most iconic characters, the Grand High Witch. 

A co-production with Roald Dahl Story Company, THE WITCHES has a book and lyrics by Olivier Award-winner Lucy Kirkwood, music and lyrics by Tony Award-nominee Dave Malloy, and will be directed by Lyndsey Turner.

The cast will include threetime Olivier Awardnominee Katherine Kingsley as the Grand High Witch and BAFTA Awardwinner Daniel Rigby as Mr Stringer, alongside Julie Armstrong, Chrissie Bhima, Zoe Birkett, Daniele CoombeMollyMay Gardiner, Tiffany Graves, Tania Mathurin, Jacob Maynard, Laura Medforth and Ben Redfern.

Everything you know about witches is wrong. Forget the pointy hats and broomsticks: they’re the most dangerous creatures on earth. And now they’ve come up with their most evil plan yet. The only thing standing in their way is Luke and his Gran. But he’s ten and she’s got a dodgy heart. Time is short, danger is everywhere, and they’ve got just one chance to stop the witches from squalloping every stinking little child in England.

The set and costume designer is Lizzie Clachan with choreographer Stephen Mear, music supervisor Nigel Lilley, music director Cat Beveridge, lighting designer Bruno Poet, cosound designers Alexander Caplen and Ian Dickinson, video designer Ash J Woodward, illusions by Chris Fisher and Will Houstoun, casting director Bryony JarvisTaylor, associate director Séimí Campbell, staff director Priya Patel Appleby, associate set designer Shankho Chaudhuri, associate costume designer Johanna Coe, associate choreographer Jo Morris, associate music director Natalie Pound and children’s and assistant music director Sarah Morrison.

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