The Witches, By Roald Dahl, adapted for the stage by David Wood

“My darling boy, you won’t last long in this world if you don’t know how to spot a witch when you see one.”

One of Roald Dahl’s classic tales was brought to life in a magical fast paced show. The Grand High Witch of all the world and her detestable followers have a plan to squish and squelch every single child in England. Can one young boy and his elderly Grandmother save the day? Only if they can avoid being turned into mice!

We went on a magical journey from the mountains of Norway to a seafront hotel in Bournemouth and meet a host of crazy characters, puppets, magic, frogs, mice and cackling witches along the way.

This amateur production of The Witches was presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD.

Production Photos


The Production Team at Direct Theatre put their talents to good use to create a variety of different puppets for the production of The Witches by Roald Dahl adapted for the stage by David Wood.

“It’s been a challenge making a total of 64 different puppets from scratch. We have created sock puppets, stick puppets, rod puppets and even a flying seagull puppet, which are all used by our young actors in the show. At Direct Theatre, we always say that we like the challenge of finding new ways of working – so this year it was puppets.” Juliette

Our young cast in rehearsal.

“The Witches is such a fun show to be in! It’s full of energy and we get to be a variety of crazy characters. I’m really enjoying it” (DT student)