Have a first listen to The Witches musical at the National Theatre

Roald Dahl’s classic opens at the National next month

The cast in the recording booth
The cast in the recording booth

Take a first listen to the musical adaptation of The Witches!

The National Theatre and the Roald Dahl Story Company are preparing their production for its world premiere, beginning next month. Today, they’ve released a first listen to new tune “Get Up”, which will be available to stream from 3 November.

Featuring book and lyrics by Olivier Award-winner Lucy Kirkwood (Mosquitoes) and music and lyrics by Tony Award-nominee Dave Malloy (Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812), the production is directed by Lyndsey Turner (The Crucible) and recommended for ages eight and above.

Performer(s) are as follows: 

Solo voices:

Jersey Blu Georgia

Asanda Abbie Masike

Chloe Raphael

Backing vocals:

Savannah Skinner-Henry

Alaia Broadbent

Chenai Broadbent

Florence Gore

Elara Jagger

Annabelle Jones

Jemima Loosen

Sienna Sibley

Poppy-Mei Soon

Alice Valeriano

Sasha Watson-Lobo

Stella Yeoman


The classic tale, first published in 1983, follows a young boy who takes on a gaggle of witches but is transformed into a mouse in the process.

The set and costume designer is Lizzie Clachan with choreographer Stephen Mear, music supervisor Nigel Lilley, music director Cat Beveridge, lighting designer Bruno Poet, co-sound designers Alexander Caplen and Ian Dickinson, video designer Ash J Woodward, illusions by Chris Fisher and Will Houstoun, casting director Bryony Jarvis-Taylor, associate director Séimí Campbell, staff director Priya Patel Appleby, associate set designer Shankho Chaudhuri, associate costume designer Johanna Coe, associate wigs, hair and makeup designer Kim Kasim, associate choreographer Ebony Molina, associate music director Natalie Pound and children’s and assistant music director Sarah Morrison.

Starring in the show are Katherine Kingsley (Matilda) as the Grand High Witch, BAFTA Award-winner Daniel Rigby (Accidental Death of an Anarchist) as hotel manager Mr Stringer and Sally Ann Triplett (Oklahoma!) as Gran.

Playing Luke’s parents are Laura Medforth as Mum and Richard David-Caine as Dad, while playing Bruno’s parents are Ekow Quartey as Mr Jenkins and Maggie Service as Mrs Jenkins, and playing Chef Chevalier at Hotel Magnificent is Irvine Iqbal.

Playing the witches are Julie Armstrong, Chrissie Bhima, Zoe Birkett, Maddison Bulleyment, Miracle Chance, Daniele Coombe, Molly-May Gardiner, Tiffany Graves, Bobbie Little, Tania Mathurin, Amira Matthews, and Alexandra Waite-Roberts. Completing the team at Hotel Magnificent are Adrian Grove, Jacob Maynard and Ben Redfern, while completing the company is Emily Langham. The cast will also be playing multiple roles as part of the ensemble.

Amongst the young cast and playing our hero, Luke, are Bertie Caplan, Frankie Keita and Vishal Soni. Playing Bruno are Cian Eagle-Service, George Menezes Cutts and William Skinner, and playing Helga are Jersey Blu Georgia, Asanda Abbie Masike and Chloe Raphael.

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Laura Medforth, Chrissie Bhima, Jacob Maynard and Daniel Rigby, © Marc Brenner

Completing the young ensemble are Nesim Adnan, Alaia Broadbent, Chenai Broadbent, Cristian Buttaci, Sekhani Dumezweni, Rudy Gibson, Florence Gore, Elara Jagger, Annabelle Jones, Jemima Loosen, Charlie Man-Evans, Iesa Miller, Jack Philpott, Sienna Sibley, Savannah Skinner-Henry, Poppy-Mei Soon, Benjamin Spalding, Dylan Trigger, Alice Valeriano, Sasha Watson-Lobo and Stella Yeoman.

George Menezes Cutts, William Skinner and Cian Eagle-Service, © Marc Brenner
George Menezes Cutts, William Skinner and Cian Eagle-Service, © Marc Brenner

The Witches will run in the Olivier Theatre from 7 November, with a press night set for 21 November.

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