Roald Dahl classic is Maddermarket Theatre’s festive show

George's Marvellous Medicine is the Maddermarket Theatre's 2016 Christmas show. Photo: Reflective Ar

George's Marvellous Medicine is the Maddermarket Theatre's 2016 Christmas show. Photo: Reflective Arts/Sean Owen. - Credit: Reflective Arts/Sean Owen

A classic Roald Dahl tale is stepping out of the storybook and onto the stage at a Norwich theatre this Christmas.

George's Marvellous Medicine is the Maddermarket Theatre's 2016 Christmas show. Photo: Reflective Ar

George's Marvellous Medicine is the Maddermarket Theatre's 2016 Christmas show. Photo: Reflective Arts/Sean Owen. - Credit: Reflective Arts/Sean Owen

George's Marvellous Medicine is this year's festive show at the Maddermarket Theatre, and the curtain goes up on the production tomorrow night.

The show, which is being presented in the 100th anniversary year of the birth of Roald Dahl, has been adapted for the stage by Stuart Paterson and is directed by Peter Sowerbutts.

It tells the hilarious tale of a boy called George - played by Charlie Frazer - who makes magical concoctions to replace his grandmother's medicine, and the whole show will be played out on a set that is designed to look like an illustration.

Mr Sowerbutts, who has played the role of George's dad and grandma in previous productions of the show, said: 'It is glorious, it really is. It's utterly hilarious and it's typical Dahl...George wants a nice grandma which is why he decides to change her medicine, but of course it does not turn out how he wants it to!'

George's Marvellous Medicine is the Maddermarket Theatre's 2016 Christmas show. Photo: Reflective Ar

George's Marvellous Medicine is the Maddermarket Theatre's 2016 Christmas show. Photo: Reflective Arts/Sean Owen. - Credit: Reflective Arts/Sean Owen


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He added: 'The adaptor, Stuart Paterson, has stuck so closely to the book, that's the wonderful thing about this play. If children have read the book then it really comes to life on stage, word for word.'

Dawn Brindle plans George's grandma in the show while Dan Fridd plays George's dad and Harriet Waterhouse plays George's mum.

George's Marvellous Medicine opens tomorrow night at the Maddermarket Theatre and runs until Saturday, December 31. Tickets £10-£15. For more information and to book tickets, visit www.maddermarket.co.ukDo you have a Norwich arts story? Email arts correspondent Emma Knights at emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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George's Marvellous Medicine is the Maddermarket Theatre's 2016 Christmas show. Photo: Reflective Ar

George's Marvellous Medicine is the Maddermarket Theatre's 2016 Christmas show. Photo: Reflective Arts/Sean Owen. - Credit: Reflective Arts/Sean Owen

George's Marvellous Medicine is the Maddermarket Theatre's 2016 Christmas show. Photo: Reflective Ar

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George's Marvellous Medicine is the Maddermarket Theatre's 2016 Christmas show. Photo: Reflective Ar

George's Marvellous Medicine is the Maddermarket Theatre's 2016 Christmas show. Photo: Reflective Arts/Sean Owen. - Credit: Reflective Arts/Sean Owen

George's Marvellous Medicine is the Maddermarket Theatre's 2016 Christmas show. Photo: Reflective Ar

George's Marvellous Medicine is the Maddermarket Theatre's 2016 Christmas show. Photo: Reflective Arts/Sean Owen. - Credit: Reflective Arts/Sean Owen

George's Marvellous Medicine is the Maddermarket Theatre's 2016 Christmas show. Photo: Reflective Ar

George's Marvellous Medicine is the Maddermarket Theatre's 2016 Christmas show. Photo: Reflective Arts/Sean Owen. - Credit: Reflective Arts/Sean Owen

George's Marvellous Medicine is the Maddermarket Theatre's 2016 Christmas show. Photo: Reflective Ar

George's Marvellous Medicine is the Maddermarket Theatre's 2016 Christmas show. Photo: Reflective Arts/Sean Owen. - Credit: Reflective Arts/Sean Owen

George's Marvellous Medicine is the Maddermarket Theatre's 2016 Christmas show. Photo: Reflective Ar

George's Marvellous Medicine is the Maddermarket Theatre's 2016 Christmas show. Photo: Reflective Arts/Sean Owen. - Credit: Reflective Arts/Sean Owen

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