By Roald Dahl, adapted by David Wood
Octagon Theatre, Bolton
Designer: Janet Bird
Lighting Designer : Chris Davey
Sound Designer : Matt McKenzie
Composer : Simon Slater
Cast: Richard Booth, Philip Bosworth, Sarah Finigan, Emma MacLennan, Macy Nyman, Roddy Peters. John Seaward
The big news in BFG-land is that Mark Rylance is brushing up his gobblefunk in order to play the benign colossus in a new film version by Steven Spielberg due to appear this summer. Meanwhile, Sarah Esdaile’s smaller-scale though perfectly phizz-whizzing version of David Wood’s theatrical adaptation should keep any giant cravings at bay.
A big-hearted and excellently staged production of a children’s classic.
The Stage ****
Bone-crunchingly good, fast-paced, funny and magical, the BFG is guaranteed to be a smash hit this festive season.
Manchester Confidential ****