A faithful adaptation of Roald Dahl’s ‘verminous entertainment’ (Sunday Telegraph), in which Boy and his Grandmother defeat the utterly fiendish Grand High Witch’s dastardly plans to dispose of all the children in England in various horrible ways.  While she and her followers attend a conference in a seaside hotel, Boy manages to carry out a cunning plan, but during the struggle, he gets turned into a mouse.

The Witches are nothing like the ones who wear pointed hats and fly on broomsticks: they look very much like ordinary women, though with various telling differences which make them even more terrible.   Humour is provided by the ghastly Jenkins family – whose son, Bruno, also becomes a mouse – as well as comic scenes, slapstick and plenty of ‘hiss and boo’.

‘While the kids will be thrilled by the dazzling illusions and the complex puppetry, their parents will be no less engaged by the sly humour that lurks within this ostensibly frivolous confection.’ (What’s On)  ‘ … a glorious journey of fiendish fantasy. Top-drawer family entertainment – chilling but thrilling!’ (Bournemouth Evening Echo)

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES AND SPECIAL PRICES FOR THIS SHOW ONLY!!

For this show only, we are replacing the Saturday night performance on 5 December with a matinee at 2.30pm.  

Ticket prices for this show only are as follows (children are classed as under 14):

Adult:                       £8.00 (first night only) and £8.50 (all other nights) as usual

Child:                       £5.00 all performances

Family Ticket 1:     2 x adults, 2 x children: £25.00

Family Ticket 2:     1 x adult, 2 x children: £17.00

We may put on additional Saturday night performances if there is sufficient demand.

Production photos

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Cast

Directors Amy & Dan Burns
Boy Jamie Mallon
Grandmother Carol Crow
Sailor/Doctor/Mr Jenkins Darren Brook
Lawyer David Pratchett
Doorman Dave Talbot
Witch/Head Chef Lyn Forster
Witch/Waitress Helen Clinton-Pacey
Witch Evie Watts
Bobby Jennifer Jennings
Witch/Second Chef/Mrs Jenkins Rose Kelsey
Waiter/Frog Jamie Carruthers
Witch Rita Boffin
Grand High Witch Chrissie Blow
Witches other members of the Apollo Players

The ‘Art in the Bar’ exhibition during the run of ‘The Witches’ was a competition among local schools to see which of their budding artists could produce the best witch-themed painting.  The competition was fierce, as you can see from this film of the competitors’ pictures!

In the end young George Sales, aged 6, was the winner.  His prize was a family ticket to see the show, and we congratulate him on his spooky picture!