Roald Dahl’s tale coming to Manchester
The hilarious stage adaption of the classic children’s tale George’s Marvellous Medicine is coming to Manchester’s Opera House from 15-19 November 2016.
First published in 1981 George’s Marvellous Medicine is one of Dahl’s funniest and most exciting stories all about a young boy who makes a marvellous new medicine to cure his grandmother of her terrifying temper. But when his grandmother drinks his special new potion the results are explosive and the most incredible things begin to happen – it’s the start of George’s amazing adventure!
Ed Thorpe plays George, Richard Mullins plays George’s Dad, twin sisters Debroah Vale and Tess Vale play the roles of Grandma and George’s Mum respectively and Tom Eykelhof plays the Giant Chicken and also acts as assistant stage manager.
The play, adapted by David Wood, the UK’s leading children’s playwright, is brought to Manchester by the Birmingham Stage Company which has produced more Dahl shows than any other company in the world since 1992. Their recent shows have included Horrible Histories and the world premiere of David Walliams’ Gansta Granny.
George’s Marvellous Medicine also hits the stage at the time of Roald Dahl’s centenary, with BSC’s Founder and Actor/Manager Neal Foster commenting “We are delighted to be celebrating Roald Dahl’s centenary with this special production of one of his most popular stories”
Adapter David Wood began writing whilst at Oxford University and has written more than 70 plays which are performed worldwide. 2013 saw his adaptation of Michelle Magorian’s Goodnight Mister Tom win the Olivier Award for Best Entertainment and Family, for which his adaptation of Judith Kerr’s The Tiger Who Came to Tea was nominated the previous year. There were also tours of his adaptation of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach and Eric Hill’s Spot’s Birthday Party. In 2004 he was awarded the OBE for services to drama and literature.
George’s Marvellous Medicine is performed at Manchester Opera House from 15-19 November 2016 with morning and matinee showings also taking place.