Reviewed by Lindsay Burton
I can remember reading about Mildred Hubble when I was 7 years old and even though I adore Harry Potter, Mildred Hubble and her friends at Cackles Academy will always have a place in my heart as one of my most favourite stories as a child! So not surprising, when I heard that The Worst Witch was going to be on tour close to our home, I jumped at the opportunity to let my own children experience the adventure for themselves!
Going into their fifth school year together, the students from Cackles Academy put on a show to tell the tale of our plain and rather clumsy Mildred (Danielle Bird), who finds herself in an extraordinary unusual place: a school for witches. She soon makes friends with Maud Moonshine (Rebecca Killick) and Enid Nightshade (Consuela Rolle) and together, they face the snobbish and jealous Ethel Hallow (Rosie Abraham) who seems to think she is the ultimate gift to witch kind; Miss Hardbroom (Rachel Heaton) who is generally opposed to all fun in general AND Miss Cackles evil twin sister, Agatha Cackle, who is only planning on taking over the world!
This show has all the fun one can expect from a witchy tale for children. Flying brooms, disappearing children and some fancy magic that will certainly impress everyone. Special mention has to go to Miss Cackle/Agatha Cackle (Polly Lister) for a stunning vocal performance and her crafty talent of playing two characters simultaneously; the live music onstage provided by a very talented Miss Bat (Molly-Grace Cutler), Fenella (Meg Forgan) and Miss Drill (Megan Leigh Mason) and collapsible stage set, pyrotechnics and brilliant lighting which all contributed to a fabulous background and created a magical mood for the show.
Jill Murphy’s The Worst Witch stories have sold more than five million copies worldwide and been made into numerous films and TV series. The most recent and successful of which is written by playwright Emma Reeves (Royal Television Society Award for Best Children’s TV Programme and 2017 British Screenwriters Award for Best Children’s Programme). Featuring all of Jill Murphy’s beloved characters, this thrilling new stage adaptation is directed by Theresa Heskins (2017 UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and Young People) and features original songs, music, magic and a dose of Mildred’s unique brand of utter pandemonium! Suitable for all ages.
Tickets cost from £16.75 to £67 (booking fees may apply).
The Worst Witch is at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry from 24-27 April 2019, for more information or to book tickets visit www.belgrade.co.uk or call the box office on 02476 553055.
Belgrade Theatre, Belgrade Square, Coventry, CV1 1GS | 02476 55 3055