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George's Marvellous Medicine
Adapted for the stage by David Wood. From the book by Roald Dahl.

George's Marvellous MedicineCommissioned by the Birmingham Stage Company for the 2009/10 Christmas season at the Old Rep, Birmingham, the production then toured throughout 2010 and played a Christmas season for 2010/11 at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London.

George lives on a farm, managed by his mother and father. Their lives are thrown into disarray by the arrival of Grandma, who behaves appallingly. George tries to make her 'better' by creating a marvellous medicine, which has the most extraordinary effect on Grandma, who grows and grows until she bursts through the ceiling. George's father realises that the magic medicine could work on his farm animals, providing extra food to help feed a hungry world. But attempts to make more medicine lead to hilarious and frustrating happenings ...

George's Marvellous Medicine

The play uses puppets to considerable effect, plus a Giant Chicken, played by an actor.


There are four main characters, plus the Giant Chicken, who can be played by a stage manager.


'David Wood's sparkling new adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic gets the ear-splitting, roof-raising response it deserves at the Old Rep.'
The Stage.  

'This new adaptation is marvellous.  It has all the ingredients needed for a really good family show.'  '... school groups could have lifted the rafters, they were so happy shouting at George!' 
Birmingham Mail. 

'... a classic piece of theatrical magic when the grandmother grows through the roof ...'
Birmingham Post. 

'... an example of how to engage an audience's attention and keep it right to the end of the show.  And beyond.'
Whatsonstage.com.


Video Footage of Production


George's Marvellous MedicineThe play will be published by Samuel French Ltd. in the autumn of 2010.  First Class Professional & Foreign Rights : Casarotto Ramsay Ltd. UK Repertory Rights : Casarotto Ramsay Ltd. UK Amateur Rights : Samuel French Ltd. US Stock and Amateur Rights: Samuel French Inc.