Dukes to tell story of BFG

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THE Dukes in Lancaster is thinking big this Christmas as it celebrates 40 years of entertaining families.

One of Roald Dahl’s most popular characters – The BFG – will be striding onto The Dukes stage from November 25 to January 7.

The story of The BFG itself reaches a milestone in 2012, the 30th anniversary of its publication. It was inspired by Dahl’s granddaughter Sophie who went on to become a world famous model and TV presenter.

In a faithful adaptation of this most scrumdiddlyumptious story, The Dukes will tell this heartwarming tale of friendship and bravery with a cast of new and familiar actors to the Lancaster theatre alongside amazing puppetry.

Directing his second Christmas production for The Dukes will be Dukes director Joe Sumsion who saw his first ever play at The Dukes during Christmas 1973 – a production of Beauty and the Beast in which Dame Harriet Walter appeared. Joe said: “Directing The Dukes Christmas show is an incredible honour and this one will be a great challenge, especially as we play with scale and perspective.

“Roald Dahl is a brilliant writer and for me, this is one of his best stories. It’s a much-loved tale and we’ll tackle it with a light touch and lots of energy.”

See The Visitor (25-10-11) for full story.