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George`s Marvellous Medicine

Published on January 11th 2006.

Yes, I know it’s supposed to be a kid’s show, but I just can’t help but get excited about the fact that a stage version of George’s Marvellous Medicine is coming to Manchester.

As a kid I was obsessed with Roald Dahl books – Matilda, Fantastic Mr Fox, The BFG, The Witches… I think that most people would agree that his novels and poems feature quite heavily in their own childhoods. And he is still as popular today as ever before – his numerous fan sites and high sales of his books today testify to the universal and timeless appeal of his work.

George’s Marvellous Medicine, as most of you will know, tells the story of George, a boy with a grumpy granny who makes her a potion out of various household substances in an attempt to make her disappear.
The potion has the opposite effect however, and Grandma becomes as tall as a house. George’s father then has the idea of breeding giant livestock - akin to the scared twenty foot high chickens of Alan Partridge fame - and becoming a millionaire, if only George can remember the recipe…

The Birmingham Stage Company’s version of George’s Marvellous Medicine has been adapted for the stage by Stuart Paterson, and will be playing at the Palace Theatre from Tuesday 24 January – Saturday 28 January.
Admittedly the audience will comprise mainly of squeaking children, but Roald Dahl’s work is darkly subversive and hopelessly politically incorrect enough to delight readers of any age, so find a child (obviously get their parents' permission first) and drag them along to the Palace Theatre for this adaptation of one of Roald Dahl’s all time classics.

The Palace Theatre
Performance Dates & Times: Tue – Thu 1.30pm, Wed & Fri 10.00am, Thu – Sat 7.00pm, Sat 2.30pm
Tickets Prices: £13.50 All child seats £7.00
Box Office Number: 0870 401 3000

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