Top events celebrating Roald Dahl's centenary year
- Rowena McIntosh
- 13 April 2016
Theatre, film and storytelling to mark Roald Dahl 100
This year marks 100 years since the birth of beloved storyteller Roald Dahl. The man who created Willy Wonka, the BFG and Fantastic Mr Fox; rewrote Little Red Riding Hood so she shoots the Big Bad Wolf with a pistol pulled from her knickers; and used words like gunzleswiped, jumbly and squibbling. His stories are dark, with witches and giants stealing children from their homes, delightfully funny, endlessly imaginative and full of moving friendships. Who can read the last few lines of The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me and not shed a tear? Roald Dahl Day will be celebrated on 13 Sep and throughout the year there are events celebrating his many wondrous creations.
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
A new West End musical of Roald Dahl's sugar-filled tale of golden tickets, Oompa-Loompas and spoilt children. This version of Charlie & the Chocolate Factory is directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes.
Theatre Royal, London, until Sat 7 Jan 2017.
James & the Giant Peach
The story of orphan James who escapes his cruel aunts, Spiker and Sponge, in a giant magical peach inhabited by a band of human-sized insects, including an earthworm, a spider and a centipede. Presented by Sell A Door Theatre Company, James & the Giant Peach tours London (18–24 Apr), Ipswich (17–21 May), Edinburgh (24–27 May), Blackpool (18–23 July) and Aberystwyth (26–31 July).
Ballet Cymru: Red Riding Hood And The Three Little Pigs
Award-winning company, Ballet Cymru, present two stories by Roald Dahl. Both works are based on the musical scores by composer Paul Patterson that were commissioned by The Dahl Foundation. The Red Riding Hood score featured in a 1995 BBC Christmas Day special featuring voiced by Ian Holm, Julie Walters and Danny DeVito.
Touring England & Wales, 20 May–3 Jul.
George's Marvellous Medicine
The Birmingham Stage Company present the tale of young George Kranky, who decides to fashion his own medicine for his grandma using household items including floor polish, horseradish sauce and paint.
Opera House, Manchester, Tue 15–Sat 19 Nov.
Fantastic Mr Fox
Inventive Mr Fox takes on farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean and they attempt to starve him out of his den.
Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, Tue 22 Nov–Sat 7 Jan 2017.
The Three Little Pigs
Children's Classic Concerts take Roald Dahl's version of The Three Little Pigs as inspiration for their family concert. Join presenters Owen and Olly and their brand-new mini orchestra for musical storytelling, party games and cake.
Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling, Sun 24 Apr. Also Perth Concert Hall, Sat 21 May.
London Schools Symphony Orchestra
The LSSO present a concert performance the author's final work, The Minpins. It's the story of young Billy, who enters the forest behind his house despite his mother telling him that it is home to the Terrible Bloodsucking Toothplucking Stonechuckling Spittler.
Barbican centre, London, Wed 21 Sep.
Roald Dahl And The Imagination Seekers
A secret organisation known as the Ancient Guild of Tale Tenders is in attendance at Barnes Children's Literature Festival and are on a mission to keep the words of Roald Dahl alive. Join them to explore stories including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG and The Twits.
The Barnes Village Nursery, London, Sat 14 & Sun 15 May.
The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl
An interactive exhibition exploring the life of the author, who was also a fighter pilot and an inventor. Learn about his inspirations for different stories and characters and test your own creativity.
Southbank Centre, London, until Sun 3 Jul.
An animated film of The BFG was released in 1989, this year Stephen Spielberg takes the helm of the live action version. Starring Mark Rylance as the big friendly giant with Bill Hader and Jemaine Clement as the less friendly Bloodbottler and Fleshlumpeater respectfully.
General release Fri 22 Jul.