REVIEW: George’s Marvellous Medicine at Curve Theatre, Leicester

REVIEW: George's Marvellous Medicine at Curve Theatre, Leicester

With great excitement, our mini reporter, Orla, visited the Curve Theatre on press night to review Roald Dahl’s classic George’s Marvellous Medicine.

Adapted for the stage by David Wood and brought to the Curve by Jerry Gunn and his team at the Rose Theatre Kingston who have worked on other Dahl classics, this looks set to be another huge success.

Preston Nyman (George), Justin Wilman (George’s Dad), Chandni Mistry (Chicken) and Catherine Morris (George’s Mum).
Photo (c) Manuel Harlan

The play is cunningly put together and gradually makes the audience complicit in George’s outrageous chemistry experiment. This is a show that runs like clockwork – and often on wheels. The farmyard animals, particularly the chickens, are very much in evidence, and there is a glorious moment when Granny telescopes as high as the chimney and a giant rooster runs riot.

This is a very nicely put together performance that celebrates the anarchy of Dahl with great gusto and a naughty sense of fun.

Chandni Mistry (Chicken) and Preston Nyman (George).
Photo (c) Manuel Harlan

“My name is Orla and I am almost 7 years old. I love reading and especially like Roald Dahl so when I was invited to review the performance of the play I jumped at the chance. I liked being in the studio as it feels like you are part of the play. The set looked amazing and I was interested to know how the actors would make the book come alive.

We first met George (Preston Nyman) who was just how I had pictured him and then we were introduced to the rest of his family. I loved the Grandma (Lisa Howard) because she was funny but mean at the same time. My absolute favourite though was the chicken (Chandni Mistry) who really did act like a chicken. I laughed along and sang along and loved every moment of the play.”

Lisa Howard (Grandma).
Photo (c) Manuel Harlan

A brilliant cast in a beautiful venue, what more could you ask of for a theatre trip with the little ones.

George’s Marvellous Medicine is playing at Curve until 20th January.


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