The new musical adaptation will see the National Theatre collaborate with the Roald Dahl Story Company.  

It has been announced that The Witches will be heading to the stage at the National Theatre’s Olivier Theatre from 7th November 2023.

This new musical adaptation will feature book and lyrics by Olivier Award-winner Lucy Kirkwood (Mosquitoes) and music and lyrics by Tony Award-nominee Dave Malloy (Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812). It is set to be directed by Lyndsey Turner (The Crucible) and is recommended for ages eight and above.

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.

It has also been announced that Katherine Kingsley (The Larkins) is set to star as the Grand High Witch, with BAFTA Award-winner Daniel Rigby (One Man, Two Guvnors) taking on the role of Mr Stringer. The company also includes Julie Armstrong, Chrissie Bhima, Zoe Birkett, Daniele Coombe, Molly-May Gardiner, Tiffany Graves, Tania Mathurin, Jacob Maynard, Laura Medforth and Ben Redfern. Further casting has yet to be announced.

Meanwhile, the creative team behind the production includes: set and costume designer is Lizzie Clachan, choreographer Stephen Mear, music supervisor Nigel Lilley, music director Cat Beveridge, lighting designer Bruno Poet, co-sound designers Alexander Caplen and Ian Dickinson, video designer Ash J Woodward, illusionists Chris Fisher and Will Houstoun, casting director Bryony Jarvis-Taylor, 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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