Dream casting: Some of our favourite Roald Dahl characters

From The BFG to Mrs Silver, we cast our favourite Dahl characters

To celebrate Roald Dahl Day and the 100th anniversary of his birth, we had a think about who we would cast in the role of some of his greatest characters.

Who would you choose? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter.

The BFG – the BFG

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Craige Els: Els has become somewhat of a theatrical Dahl legend having played horrible Headmistress Miss Trunchbull in Matilda for the last two years. Add to that he's very friendly and extremely tall.

James and the Giant Peach – James Henry Trotter

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David Moorst: We've gone Blue Remembered Hills on this and cast Evening Standard Award-winner Moorst. Our logic? Just think of the layers Moorst could bring to Dahl's seven year-old orphan.

The Twits – Mr Twit

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Tom Edden: Mr Twit is basically Dahl's Thénardier, and Edden is 100 per cent one of our favourites in that classic Les Mis role.

The Twits – Mrs Twit

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Tamsin Greig: I mean, how good would that be?

Danny, the Champion of the World – Danny

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Eshan Gopal: With all the pheasant poaching and underage driving, you need someone with chutzpah to play Danny, and anyone who's seen Gopal in Motown or Thriller will know that he has bags full of it.

Danny, the Champion of the World – William

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Joe Aaron Reid: If any of you have seen Reid's Twitter feed, you'll know he's one of the cutest Dads in the West End, perfect for Danny's pa William.

Esio Trot – Mr Hoppy

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Derek Jacobi: How could we not? We'd just got used to having Jacobi back on stage and now he's gone again. We can imagine him keeping pet tortoises too.

Esio Trot – Mrs Silver

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Judi Dench: She played the role in the BBC Christmas special in 2014 so she already knows the lines, and who wouldn't want to see Dench and Jacobi on stage together?

Read our piece from theatermakers on why Roald Dahl is so great