The Witches
Closed 2h 30m
The Witches
87

The Witches London Reviews and Tickets

87%
(59 Ratings)
Positive
96%
Mixed
2%
Negative
2%
Members say
Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Enchanting, Funny

About the Show

The world premiere of a musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's dark fantasy novel.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (55)

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184 Reviews | 30 Followers
100
Must see, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You wanna see the next big kids musical since Billy Elliott

Don't see it if you don't like bonkers and crazy but dark shows

494 Reviews | 123 Followers
100
A riot, Wickedly clever production, Must see!

See it if you're not going to miss a campy, over the top, unpredictable, sharp & funny new musical with a catchy score, brilliant lyrics & great cast

Don't see it if ..did you not read the See It if.. section above? What are you waiting for? Ok, may be a tad scary for very young children. Otherwise, go! Read more

85 Reviews | 4 Followers
90
Funny, Great writing, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if You love a great family show

Don't see it if Just do, although it's too late now

55 Reviews | 0 Followers
89
Entertaining, Hilarious, Intelligent, Refreshing, Ambitious

See it if you appreciate roald dahl’s stories and are interested in seeing a refreshing and clever stage adaptation, with standout performances

Don't see it if you won’t go into it with an open mind, you need to be able to appreciate the modern approach to the classic story

88 Reviews | 1 Follower
80
Great staging, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if You love the book, like fun and quirky shows. Music was a lot better than I was expecting and they hadn’t held back on the fear factor.

Don't see it if You don’t like the source material or musicals.

99 Reviews | 8 Followers
80
Great acting, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Like R Dahl, have kids, want to be entertained

Don't see it if Don't like cute kids on stage and OTT storylines

59 Reviews | 0 Followers
80
Ambitious, Sweet, Funny, Enchanting

See it if you're looking for a family, festive show... without the Christmas. The cast are tremendous, despite not always getting the best material

Don't see it if you want rousing, electric songs. The music is probably the weakest thing about it. They might as well have just done it as a play?

122 Reviews | 14 Followers
80
Great acting, Funny, Enchanting, Delightful, Ambitious

See it if You love the book and just wanted Matilda to be darker and more weird

Don't see it if You don’t have a grasp of British referencing systems Read more

Critic Reviews (14)

BroadwayWorld
November 22nd, 2023

“The show is aimed at those aged eight and over; there is nothing that will give anyone nightmares here...The length, at nearly three hours including interval, may be a bit of a stretch for younger audience members and a few sections of the second half meander a little. However, most of the production whips by in a stream of pure entertainment.”
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The London Evening Standard
November 22nd, 2023

"The scariness of childhood and the fear of death are present and correct, as is an awareness of economic or social difference…There are occasional lacunae here but this is a polished, witty, crisply sardonic serving of Dahl. And if the other child actors sharing the central roles are as good as the ones I saw, they deserve all the plaudits."
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Time Out London
November 22nd, 2023

" ‘The Witches’ really is for everyone, (everyone over eight anyway). Because it’s quite easily the funniest new musical London has seen since at least ‘The Book of Mormon’. ... NT has thrown absolutely everything it has at ‘The Witches’, and the results are pure magic."
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The Guardian (UK)
November 22nd, 2023

“There is fun, wit and imagination in Lyndsey Turner’s production...Lucy Kirkwood brings the magic through a script stuffed with effervescent one-liners.”
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The Telegraph (UK)
November 22nd, 2023

"Some have accused The Witches of being misogynistic. It’s not so much that its slant feels hugely problematic here, more that it’s not massively dramatic. My biggest concern was what the author himself might have made of an extravaganza which has kids chirpily singing inside packing cases and belting out a number as cute as anything in Nativity; it’s not that there’s never a Dahl moment, but even so there’s much sanitisation."
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The Times (UK)
November 22nd, 2023

" I’ll admit that, perhaps because of the Olivier’s treacherous acoustics, I wasn’t able to catch every syllable of the quicksilver lyrics. If I’m being ultra-critical, I’d add that the mechanised mice were a tad slow. But don’t be put off: this is a stunning achievement. As well as some terrific songs, here’s a show that doesn’t try to gloss over the issue of mortality. It stares death in the face, and laughs."
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London Theatre
November 22nd, 2023

“...Lucy Kirkwood and Dave Malloy’s gobsmackingly great musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches,’ which takes the premise seriously – while perfectly balancing the scares with vivid, heart-warming and properly funny theatre...and the best new musical I’ve seen this year, hands down.”
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The Stage (UK)
November 22nd, 2023

“For all its naughty fun, the show is still brave enough to stick with Dahl’s very compromised sort-of happy ending...It may need a final pinch or two of magic, but this wickedly entertaining show will surely put a mischievous grin on anyone’s face.”
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