Monday, 4 January 2016

Review: The Witches at the Leicester Curve



The Witches 
Leicester Curve
Reviewed on Tuesday 22nd December 2015
★★★★

David Wood’s adaptation of The Witches by Roald Dahl is the best family show I have seen for a very long time. Wood fully embraces the weird world Dahl has created, allowing The Witches to seamlessly make the transition from page to stage.

Following a young boy and his Grandma in their attempt to wipe out witches once and for all (without being turned into mice), I love that the story breaks all the rules of a 'traditional' children's tale.

The Curve's new artistic director Nikolai Foster has done a tremendous job; his production is both endearing and terrifying, but most importantly joyfully creative. 

The cast seem to have an absolute ball, proving themselves as strong character actors whilst mastering the art of storytelling. I don't remember reading The Witches as a child and found myself fully engrossed in the story; I almost had to wipe away a tear during the truly touching unexpected conclusion. 

Not only is The Witches a must-see for families, but I would also recommend it to theatregoers who enjoy seeing creative, top notch storytelling. 

Reviewed by Andrew Tomlins (Editor)

The Witches runs at the Leicester Curve until 17th January 2016. Please visit www.curveonline.co.uk for further information and tickets. The show transfers to the Rose Theatre Kingston between 29th March and 10th April 2016.

Photo Credit: Catherine Ashmore 

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