The cast, production team and tour dates have been announced for Curve and Rose Theatre Kingston’s production of Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine.
Joining Director Julia Thomas for David Wood’s imaginative and fun-filled adaptation of the much loved classic tale will be Designer Morgan Large, Composer Tasha Taylor-Johnson (who is supported by the Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Scheme), Lighting Designer Jack Weir, Sound Designer David Gregory and Casting Director Kay Magson.
Taking the role of the show’s creative hero George is talented young actor Preston Nyman, son of Leicestershire-born Andy Nyman. Lisa Howard, known for her recurring role as Grace Sheehan in Emmerdale, will play the grizzly Grandma. Completing the cast is Catherine Morris who will play George’s Mum, Justin Wilman as his Dad and Chandni Mistry as the Chicken.
The production is Curve’s fourth Roald Dahl adaptation following The Twits, The Witches – which were also co-produced with the Rose – and most recently Fantastic Mr. Fox, a co-production with Nuffield Southampton Theatre which played to audiences at the Lyric Hammersmith over the summer.
Speaking about the production, Curve’s Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster said:
“One of the recurring themes in Dahl’s work is the emergence of young leaders and how the next generation can shape our future for the better. We are thrilled our fantastical, phizz-whizzing production of George’s Marvellous Medicine introduces a great new leader to British theatre – our Regional Theatre Young Director Julia Thomas directs this production. Alongside Julia, an astonishing group of actors and a first class production team will create this brand new production of David Wood’s superlative adaptation”.
Most grandmothers are lovely, kind, helpful old ladies. Not George’s Grandmother. George’s Grandmother likes to gobble up slugs and bugs, and is always telling George what to do.
But one day, when his parents leave him alone with the grizzly old grunion, George takes his chance and sets about creating a brand new medicine to cure her of her cruelty. Little does he know that his perilous potion will be the start of a rather marvellous adventure…
9 Dec – 20 Jan
23 – 27 Jan
30 Jan – 3 Feb
Grand Opera House, Belfast
13 – 17 Feb
Quays Theatre, Manchester
20 – 24 Feb
Theatre Royal, Brighton
27 Feb – 3 Mar
Princess Theatre, Torquay
6 – 10 Mar
West Yorkshire Playhouse
13 – 17 Mar
20 – 24 Mar
Rose Theatre Kingston
28 Mar –7 Apr
Playhouse Theatre, Oxford
10 – 14 Apr
More dates to be announced soon.