REVIEW: George’s Marvellous Medicine@ The Opera House, Manchester

georges-marvellous-medicine-by-birmingham-stage-company-photo-by-mark-douet-_80a8139For any child who is a bit down in the dumps or for any adult fed up with the news at the moment, George’s Marvellous Medicine is the perfect tonic.

Roald Dahl’s classic story about an amazing youngster who  accidentally comes up with an incredible invention when trying to teach his disgustingly grumpy granny a lesson, is beautifully brought to life at the Opera House.

Adapted by David Wood, the country’s leading children’s playwrights, the show is one of Dahl’s funniest and most exciting stories all about a young boy who makes a marvellous new medicine to cure his grandmother of her terrifying temper.

But when his grandmother drinks his special new potion the results are explosive and the most incredible things begin to happen – it’s the start of George’s amazing adventure!

There is lots of raucous fun, featuring giant chickens, giant grannies and oodles of outrageous over-the-top antics to keep children entertained between the ages of 4 and 100.

Ed Thorpe is excellent as George, and Debroah Vale is superb as the obnoxious Grandma and the special effects are simple but impressive making for a show which does justice to Dahl’s genius.

 

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