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The Witches (2016)

  • Venue: Courtyard Theatre
  • Duration: 1 hour and a half including an interval of 15
  • Age Guidance: 5+
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More Information on The Witches (2016)

By Roald Dahl
Adapted by David Wood

“A real witch could smell you across the street… to a witch, you would smell like fresh dog droppings!”

This Christmas, Roald Dahl’s scariest book is brought to life in a tremendously terrifying treat for the whole family.

Witches absolutely detest children. They find them revolting and are planning to wipe them out like weasels! They want to squish them and squiggle them and make them disappear. But one brave young boy and his grandmother have a plan to get rid of the witches for good… if only they can avoid being turned into mice.

Directed by Nikolai Foster (Annie, White Christmas), The Witches features a hugely talented cast of actor-musicians and mind boggling illusions that will leave you flabbergasted!

Click here to play The Witches Transformation Game

Download The Witches Relaxed Performance pre-show information pack

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Artwork © Quentin Blake The Witches 1983
Used by arrangement with The Random House Group Limited.

BSL Interpreted and Captioned Performances

Cast & Credits

Writer Roald Dahl / Adaptor David Wood / Director Nikolai Foster / Set and Costume Designer Isla Shaw / Composer Dougal Irvine / Lighting Designer David Phillips / Sound Designer Seb Frost / Associate Director Julia Thomas / Movement Director Mel Knott / Casting Director Kay Magson / Musical Director Bobby Delaney / Fiona Westall Dresser / Chrissy Maddison, Edd Lindley, Connie Watson, Lucy Duncan Costume Makers / Emma Brakenberry and Katie Wolfolk Wardrobe Assistants /

A Curve and Rose Theatre Kingston production in association with West Yorkshire Playhouse

  • Jenna Augen
    as Grandma/Agatha/Witch/et al
  • Bobby Delaney
    as Mr Jenkins/Witch/MD/et al
  • Nicola Hawkins
    as Witch/Waiter/et al
  • Sarah Ingram
    as Grand High Witch
  • Fox Jackson Keen
    as Boy
  • Harveen Mann
    as Witch/Waiter/ Mrs Jenkins et al
  • Jonny Weldon
    as Bruno/et al


“ Creatively chilling, grotesque and macabre, The Witches is an enchanting, creepy delight”

- Entertainment Focus

“ Visually stunning adaptation”

- The Reviews Hub

“ an immaculate performance by Sarah Ingram”

- The I Paper

“ great fun”

- North West End

“ The roles are played by just seven incredibly talented and versatile cast members”

- The State of the Arts

“ The Witches is an excellent, highly entertaining piece of family theatre”

- Exeunt

“ an enjoyably rambunctious family show filled with mind-boggling illusions, impressive physical movement and catchy musical numbers”

- British Theatre Guide

“ enchanting production”

- The Mirror

“ glorious adaptation”

- The Northern Echo

“ fantastic show”

- The Hearty Life

“ full of magic and delight”

- Yorkshire Tots

Book Tickets

Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.

Sing Along

Singalong with the cast in this exclusive performance. Join in as loud as you like, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.

Post Show Discussion

Parent & Baby Performance

A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.

Socially Distanced

A guaranteed socially distanced performance provides seating with additional space between bubbles to allow appropriate social distancing.

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £1.95 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.


  • Captioned - Captioned
  • Signed - Signed
  • Audio Description - Audio Description
  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
  • Dementia Friendly Performance - Dementia Friendly Performance
  • Post Show Discussion - Post Show Discussion
  • Sing Along - Sing Along
  • Socially Distanced - Socially Distanced
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