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Opening: Roald Dahl's The BFG

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Roald Dahl’s enduringly popular children’s book, The BFG, takes to the stage this week in a new adaptation by David Wood, the UK’s ‘National Children’s Dramatist’ (The Times). This well-loved story of a dream-blowing, big friendly giant (BFG) and orphan girl Sophie in the land of child-eating giants comes to Manchester as part of an extensive UK tour, and makes a Giant Pit Stop at The Palace Theatre, for one week only.

When little Sophie is snatched out of her bed in the dead of night by the BFG, she fears the worst. His grisly neighbours, the Bloodbottler and the Fleshlumpeater, like nothing more than swalloping human beans, especially nice little childers. But the BFG is a dream-maker and not a man-eater and he’s about to take Sophie on a journey she never expected!

The BFG is classic Dahl and this brand new stage show promises to mix up heart-pounding adventures with life-long friendships, jumbly words and even some whizzpopping in front of the Queen.

The cast  is headed by Chorley born actor Anthony Pedley as the big friendly giant, himself, with Adam Baxter, Darrell Brockis, Becky John, Heather Phoenix and Louise Shuttleworth.

The production links in with schools’ Key Stage 2 priorities and there is a free Education pack for teachers on the show’s web-site.

The BFG is directed by Phil Clark, designed by Sean Crowley with lighting design by Ceri James and sound design by Mike Bee. Composer is Paula Gardiner

The show runs at the Palace Theatre, Manchester from tomorrow, Tues 25 - Sat 29th August.

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