Northampton’s The Worst Witch gets West End transfer

Published: 6 April 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

The Worst Witch, the Northampton Royal and Derngate production which is touring the UK, is to fly into the West End for a seven-week season.

Adapted for the stage by Emma Reeves from Jill Murphy’s books, The Worst Witch was the Royal and Derngate 2018 Christmas show.

It finishes its tour at Liverpool Playhouse on Saturday 1 June and transfers to the Vaudeville Theatre from 24 July until 8 September.

Royal and Derngate’s artistic director James Dacre said, “we’d like to thank everyone involved in our production of The Worst Witch who helped to make it such a triumph here in Northampton.

“After its Christmas run at Royal and Derngate and its hugely successful UK tour, it’s thrilling to think that so many more audiences will now be able to see this wonderful production in London.”

The production is directed by Theresa Heskins, artistic director of the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme. She won the 2017 UK Theatre award for best show for children and young people for her adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen which ran at the New Vic.

The Worst Witch is designed by Simon Daw. Lighting design is by Aideen Malone and sound design is by Leigh Davies. Original music is by Luke Potter, aerial director is Vicki Amedume, choreographer is Beverley Norris-Edmunds and illusions are by John Bulleid.