2016 marks 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl – the world’s number one storyteller. There have been gloriumptious celebrations for Roald Dahl throughout the year and these are now building towards celebrations for Roald Dahl’s birthday – AKA ROALD DAHL DAY – on September 13th.
Every year, Roald Dahl’s actual birthday - September 13th - is marked with special ROALD DAHL DAY events. This year, the celebrations will be BIGGER THAN EVER as readers around the country, and indeed the world, celebrate the centenary of the world’s number one storyteller.
City of the Unexpected
Cardiff, Roald Dahl’s birthplace, is preparing to transform itself over the weekend of September 17th-18th into ROALD DAHL’S CITY OF THE UNEXPECTED. Produced by Wales Millennium Centre & National Theatre Wales, and directed by Nigel Jamieson, ROALD DAHL’S CITY OF THE UNEXPECTED will be an extraordinary event showcasing both Roald Dahl’s distinctive voice and the jewels of the city’s buildings, parks and its people. Eye-popping visual spectacles will turn heads and madcap events will defy the laws of physics in some of the city’s most iconic locations, and a cast of thousands will give heart-stopping performances both intimate and epic.
Dinner at The Twits
The Vaults, Waterloo, 4 September - 30 October
Guests are cordially invited to the worst dinner party in the world, at the residence of the revolting Mr and Mrs Twit, in a gloriously gruesome interactive theatrical dining experience that will blow your mind and tickle your tastebuds. The award-winning team behind the Olivier Award-nominated smash hit Alice’s Adventures Underground and The Game’s Afoot, in association with gastronomic wunderkinds Bompas & Parr, present Dinner at the Twits, in celebration of Roald Dahl 100. Your evening will include a banquet of deliciously disgusting dishes and curious canapes, all washed down with Mr Twit’s Odious Ale (a bespoke beer brewed from yeast harvested from Dahl’s writing chair), superb wines by St. John Wines and cocktails garnished with nettles, thistles and scented helium balloons. Dinner at the Twits is the first adaptation of one of Dahl’s children’s titles specifically created for adults – no chiddlers allowed!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The award-winning West End production of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, directed by Sam Mendes, has quickly become one of the West End’s most popular and successful stage musicals. Now in its fourth and final year at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane, it recently celebrated its 1250th performance and has broken house records at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane where it has been seen by over 2 million people since it opened in June 2013. Featuring ingenious stagecraft, the wonder of the original story that has captivated the world for almost 50 years is brought to life with music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, a book by award-winning playwright and adaptor David Greig, set and costume designs by Mark Thompson and choreography by Peter Darling.
MATILDA THE MUSICAL
Now playing its fifth year in the West End, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda The Musical is the winner of over 70 international awards, including 15 for Best Musical. Since its premiere in November 2010 at the RSC’s Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, Matilda The Musical has been seen by more than five million people worldwide and continues to delight audiences in London, Broadway and on tour in Australia and North America. Inspired by Roald Dahl’s beloved book, multi award-winning production is written by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, and direction by Matthew Warchus.