Plays for young audiences / Schooltours

The Witches


Plays for young audiences

Every year students at the age of 12- 16 enjoy our special youth production. Fame Game in 2010 was seen by 4400 students, for Rob and the Hoodies, The Switch and Around The World In 80 Days we counted more than 5000 visitors each. The Schooltours Plays always deal with specific topics and stories close to the experiences and literary interests of our juvenile audience. The language is adapted to their level and we support the teachers with scripts, worksheets and follow-up workshops.

Duration of the show:
approximately 55 minutes

Price: 10,- Euro per ticket.

This includes a textbook and highly detailed materials
for working with your students. The textbook will be sent per post before the performance. The material can be downloaded from this website. Accompanying teachers will get free tickets.

Lea Dunbar

Education Manager

Tel. (069) 242 316-33
Fax. (069) 242 316-14

Something Wicked this way comes…

Following the success of The Canterville Ghost, there is a new play  underway for the new season, The Witches from Roald Dahl, adapted by David Wood.
This is a faithful adaptation Of Roald Dahl´s classic story in which a boy and his grandmother defeat The Grand High Witch and her followers. The play is suited to an audience of 12-16 years old. Performances will be held during the school day and teachers will receive the script in advance.
For more information please contact

Who can watch this production?

Everyone! The performance has been specifically designed for a target audience between the ages of 12 and 16. In other words, it is most suitable for the 6th to 9th grades. Students who are more fluent in English are more than welcome to attend from the fourth grade and up.

Play Booklets and Materials

In order to encourage curiosity and interest in the play we recommend that teachers briefly introduce the piece to students before watching the show. Educational materials to be used in the classroom will be available online. Teachers can use these in the classroom to improve and enrich the students´ understanding of the play and the worksheets are helpful for follow-up exercises.

Please register using the online form provided. The play scripts in booklet form are included in the ticket price and are automatically ordered upon registration.

Please note that cancellations need to be made before……in order for us to make alternative arrangements.

The booklets for students will be sent directly to the schools. For re-orders, changed orders or additional orders of booklets the delivery costs will need to be borne by the respective school. Payment will be cash on delivery.


The Witches

by Roald Dahl, adapted by David Wood

This Roald Dahl classic tells the scary, funny and imaginative tale of a young boy who has a run-in with some real-life witches! “In fairy tales witches always wear silly black hats and black cloaks and they ride on broomsticks. But this is not a fairy tale.
This is about REAL WITCHES. REAL WITCHES dress in ordinary clothes and look very much like ordinary women. They live in ordinary houses and they work in ordinary jobs. That is why they are so hard to catch.”
Witches, as our young hero learns, hate children. Our hero learns of The Witches plan to poison all the children of the world, using the delayed-action-mouse-maker.  With the help of a friend and his eccentric grandmother, our hero tries to expose the witches before they dispose of him

A film version of the story, starring Angelica Huston as the witches’ leader The Grand High Witch, was released in 1990 and was released under the title Hexen,Hexen in Germany.

In 1983, the year it was published, The Witches won three awards: The New York Times Outstanding Books Award, The Federation of Children’s Book Groups Award and The Whitbread Award.

Roald Dahl

Dahl first established himself as a children’s writer in 1961, when he published the book James and the Giant Peach. The book met with wide critical and commercial acclaim. Three years later, Dahl published another big winner, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Both books were eventually made into popular movies. A film adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was released as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in 1971, and an originally titled remake of the film, starring Johnny Depp, was released in 2005. The movie version of James and the Giant Peach was released in 1996.

In addition to James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dahl’s most popular kids’ books include Fantastic Fox (1970), The Witches (1983) and Matilda (1988).

“THE WITCHES is a total delight.” 
Evening Standard
“… this vermonious entertainment has a good hiss-and-boo rating and can be warmly recommended to dutiful parents as well as to their children.” 
Sunday Telegraph

The Canterville Ghost

by Clive Duncan, adapted from a short story by Oscar Wilde