Moozles loves reading. And one of her favourite authors is Roald Dahl. His books really capture the imaginations of children, and adults. So Moozles was thrilled when we found out that The Witches had been turned into a live show and would be playing at the Rose Theatre Kingston. The Rose is our local theatre, and always seems to show the best plays and musicals.
If you’re not familiar with the book, The Witches is a story of a boy who goes to live with his grandmother after his parents’ death. And it is from her that he learns of the true account of witches. Witches walk among us, though you probably would never notice them. They always wear gloves and they loathe children. And one day, the Grand High Witch comes up with a plan to get rid of all the children in the UK. *gasp* If you want to find out what happens, you will have to go see The Witches live, or read the book.
The Witches is such a fun and amusing show for everyone, regardless of whether or not you have children. The costumes and set were superb. The acting and singing were terrific. As always, I think the stage of the Rose makes for a great show, no matter where you’re seated (open stage, circular seating). The Witches lasts about one hour and 40 minutes, including the interval. I did feel that the second half was too short and that is finishes too quickly, but I can understand why they split the show where they did.
If you like funny shows, and you’re in London or Surrey, then you must come and see The Witches. It is recommended for ages seven and over, but I think a four-year old would be fine to watch it as long as he/she doesn’t scare easily. There were many children who were around four or five, and I didn’t hear too many disruptions from them. The Witches is playing at the Rose Theatre Kingston until Sunday, 10th April. I’ve included a trailer for the show at the bottom of this post.
Photo credit: first five photos, Catherine Ashmore
I was invited to view The Witches for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.