Jill Murphy’s popular children’s series, The Worst Witch, is brought to magical, musical life in this energetic stage adaptation from Emma Reeves. Directed by Theresa Heskins, artistic director of the New Vic, this fantastic show is a perfect potion for families.
Featuring a 10-strong cast, the story features all the characters children have grown to know and love, plus the odd enemy or two, that we love to hate.
Composer Luke Potter has created an underscore that pulses through the show, adding a fresh, modern feel and the songs are catchy, with brilliant lyricism. Molly-Grace Cutler, Meg Forgan and Megan Leigh Mason form a trio of talented actor/musicians, bringing Potter’s compositions to life. In fact, the creativity behind this production excels, set on a superb design from Simon Daw, it is a visual treat.
However, a show is nothing without its cast and Danielle Bird excellently led the way in the role of the hapless Mildred Hubble. Rachel Heaton made for a fiercely wonderful Miss Hardbroom, Rosie Abraham (Ethel) packed her role full of sass and Rebecca Killick was an endearing Maud, who even showed off some impressive aerial skills!
There was great support from the comical Emma Lau as Drusilla and Consuela Rolle who was in excellent voice as Enid, however it was Polly Lister’s dual performance as Agatha / Miss Cackle which was an absolute highlight. From her soulful vocals, to her hilarious mannerisms, she was a delight to watch.
This really is a remarkable example of children’s theatre - imagine Harry Potter meets St Trinian’s, with something for everyone to enjoy. As children sat entranced in the auditorium, it was clear that this show cast a spell on them.
Catch it at Birmingham Hippodrome until 26 May.
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