This Winter, the Octagon will be transformed into a swishwifflingly scrumdiddlyumptious wonderland filled with good dreams, greedy giants, snozzcumbers, frobscottles, and even the Queen of England, when Roald Dahl’s The BFG, directed by Sarah Esdaile, is brought to the stage from 13 Nov 2015 to 9 Jan 2016.
Unable to fall asleep in her bedroom in the village orphanage, Sophie spies a huge and mysterious figure blowing something into bedroom windows down the street. Before she has a chance to hide, the giant snatches up the little girl and whisks her away to his home in Giant Country. But this giant is unlike the others Sophie comes across in this exhilarating tale; the Big Friendly Giant is funny, friendly and full of surprises, and it’s not long before he and Sophie embark upon all sorts of exciting adventures, becoming best friends in the process!
Sarah Esdaile, who previously directed James and the Giant Peach at the Octagon, which was awarded Best Family Show by the Manchester Evening News Awards in 2007, returns with David Wood’s critically acclaimed adaptation of the classic children’s book, which ingeniously incorporates puppetry to give the illusion of scale.
The Octagon will delight and surprise audiences of all ages with an exciting and stimulating end stage set, and the theatre is thrilled to welcome an entire cast of Octagon newcomers, including recent LAMDA graduates
John Seaward as the BFG and Macy Nyman as Sophie. John is perhaps known for his role in teenage sitcom The Inbetweeners as the simple-minded Big John (a role reprised for the 2011 film). Joining them in multiple roles are Richard Booth, Philip Bosworth, Sarah Finigan, Olivier Award nominee Emma MacLennan, and Roddy Peters, who will thrill audiences of all ages with their portrayal of giants, children, parents, pilots, queens, and soldiers!
Speaking of the production, Sarah commented: “I am absolutely delighted to return to Bolton nine years after directing James and the Giant Peach. Roald Dahl holds a special place in the imaginations of so many and it is a great privilege to bring his world to life and tell the much loved story of Sophie and her friendship with the BFG.”
The announcement couldn’t have more gloriumptious, dory-hunky timing, as it was revealed earlier in the year that The BFG is to once again find a home on the big screen in a film directed by Steven Spielberg in 2015 with an eye for a 2016 release.
The BFG will be at the Octagon from Friday 13 November 2015 – Saturday 9 January 2016. Tickets are from £23 – £9.50 with morning, afternoon and evening performances – find out more from the Octagon
Box Office on 01204 520661, or at http://www.octagonbolton.co.uk. Suitable for ages five years and over. They do not admit babes in arms.
Source- Octagon Theatre