Emmie Newitt

Rehearsal images released for THE WITCHES at the National Theatre

National Theatre's musical version of Roald Dahl's THE WITCHES will open next month for a limited run. This brand-new musical will the wit, daring, and heart of this story to life.

the witches national theatre castKatherine Kingsley and company in rehearsal for The Witches at the National Theatre. Photo by Marc Brenner.

THE WITCHES will run at the Olivier Theatre from 7 November until 27 January.

These new images show the cast in action during their rehearsals.

The co-production with the Roald Dahl Story Company will be directed by Lyndsey Turner (The Crucible) with book and lyrics by Olivier Award-winner Lucy Kirkwood (Mosquitoes) and music and lyrics by Tony Award-nominee David Malloy (Natasha).

What is THE WITCHES about?

Witches are the most dangerous creatures on earth and they've come up with their most evil plan yet, to turn children into mice. The only thing standing in their way is Luke and his Gran. But he's only ten and she's got a poorly heart. Time is short, danger is everywhere, and they've just got one chance to stop the witches from taking every child in England.

This musical is a brand new stage adaptation of the 1983 children's novel by Roald Dahl, although it is probably most known for the 1990 film starring Anjelica Huston.

The cast of THE WITCHES.

The cast includes three-time Olivier-nominated Katherine Kingsley (The Larkins) as the Grand High Witch, BAFTA Award-winner Daniel Rigby (Accidental Death of an Anarchist) as hotel manager Mr Stringer and Sally Ann Triplett (Oklahoma!) as Gran.

Playing Luke’s parents are Laura Medforth as Mum and Richard David-Caine as Dad, playing Bruno’s parents are Ekow Quartey as Mr Jenkins and Maggie Service as Mrs Jenkins, and playing Chef Chevalier at Hotel Magnificent is Irvine Iqbal.

Playing the witches are Julie Armstrong, Chrissie Bhima, Zoe Birkett, Maddison Bulleyment, Miracle Chance, Daniele Coombe, Molly-May Gardiner, Tiffany Graves, Bobbie Little, Tania Mathurin, Amira Matthews,and Alexandra Waite-Roberts.

Completing the team at Hotel Magnificent are Adrian Grove, Jacob Maynard and Ben Redfern and completing the company is Emily Langham.

The cast will be playing multiple roles as part of the ensemble.

Amongst the young cast and playing our hero, Luke, are Bertie Caplan, Frankie Keita and Vishal Soni. Playing Bruno are Cian Eagle-Service, George Menezes Cutts and William Skinner, and playing Helga are Jersey Blu Georgia, Asanda Abbie Masike and Chloe Raphael.

Book THE WITCHES tickets.

Book your tickets with London Box Office to see one of the most unforgettable stories from Roald Dahl come to life in a brand new musical. THE WITCHES is performing at the Olivier Theatre from 7 November 2023 until 27 January 2024.

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