Roald Dahl’s much-loved story The Twits will be brought to life on stage at the Royal Court next spring when playwright Enda Walsh brings his mischievous family adaptation to the Sloane Square venue.
The tale of the not-very-nice title characters who are nasty to everyone, including the family of monkeys they hold hostage in a cage, will play in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs from 7 April to 31 May.
Described by Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone as “wild and anarchic”, the production will be directed by John Tiffany, who returns to the Royal Court following his work on Let The Right One In and has previously collaborated with Walsh to bring Once to the stage.
Announced as part of the Royal Court’s forthcoming new season, the show is in keeping with the rest of the 2013/14 programme, which explores the theme of revolution and making change happen.
Featherstone described the tale as “Dahl’s most revolutionary story of all”, making reference to the monkeys’ attempt to overcome the evil Twits. She also spoke of the importance of “continuing our commitment to create new, exciting and important work for younger audiences”.
Suitable for ages seven and older, The Twits will be accompanied by a series of free writing workshops designed by Walsh and Tiffany for children and their families. The venue also promises extra activities during the May half term and a host of online resources still to be announced.