From Samuel French:
The story of Roald Dahl's classic tale is faithfully told by James himself and the insect characters - Miss
Spider, Old-Green-Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybird, and Earthworm. The play begins at the end of the story, when
James and his friends are living in the giant peach stone in Central Park, New York.
A tour guide brings a party of tourists (the audience) to see this major attraction, and James and his friends
tell the story of how they came to live in New York. The insects play the other roles, like James's cruel Aunt
Sponge and Aunt Spiker, and the epic journey across the Atlantic is acted out with live action, puppetry and
storytelling in David Wood's masterful adaptation.
"Pure fun for the whole family. A remarkable theatrical feat!" - Northampton Chronicle
"Move heaven and earth to see this wonderful adaptation!" - Sunday Mercury
"A first class show. If I were a child I'd scream for a ticket." - Birmingham Post
a great introduction for first-timers to the work of the masterful Dahl
a theatrical treat for children and
adults alike." - Belfast Newsletter
"The David Wood adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic tale is a must
the story's transition heatre for youngsters
and the young at heart." - Northampton Herald and Post
"The content is timeless and, thanks to the adaptive genius of David Wood, is now enabling a new generation of
children, of all ages, the chance to marvel at the brilliance of the master storyteller via the magic of the
theatre." - Encore Magazine
some wonderful sequences, including the giant peach squashing the nasty aunts, floating in the water and being
attacked by sharks and pulled out of the water by thousands of seagulls
it was a delight to see James and his
new friends end up in New York where they made their home
a fantastic show." - The West Briton
an excellent adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic by David Wood
an excellent introduction to live theatre." -
James and the Giant Peach was a joint commission by the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff and the Birmingham Stage Company,
for the 2001-2 Christmas season. The Birmingham production opened at the Old Rep., and then toured the UK. The US
premiere was presented by the San Diego Junior Theatre in 2003.
For more information about James and the Giant Peach, click here.