Stage version of Roald Dahl classic opens at Rugby Theatre this weekend - The Rugby Observer

Stage version of Roald Dahl classic opens at Rugby Theatre this weekend

Rugby Editorial 5th Apr, 2018 Updated: 6th Apr, 2018   0

THE CURTAIN will go up on a stage version of Roald Dahl classic James and the Giant Peach at Rugby Theatre.

The story of a little boy’s adventure with a group of giant insects features specially written songs, animations, puppets, animatronics, a 37-strong cast of adults and children – and, of course, an enormous peach.

Taking the title role in the show is nine-year-old English Martyrs School pupil Jack Jones.

Director Robert Sloan said: “We auditioned lots of boys for the part – and, I have to say, we were bowled over by the standard of the kids.

“Jack stood out as having a lovely mix of innocence, sparkiness and life. He was also the youngest – so we took a bit of a chance.

“But I must say, he’s worked incredibly hard since we started rehearsing at the start of January. The character of James is hardly ever off the stage, so it’s a big challenge for him.”

Jack is not a complete stranger to the stage. He is a member of the Christine Anderson Theatre School in Hillmorton, where he has trained in all types of dance, as well as singing and acting.

“I’ve really loved being James, and I’m looking forward to getting on stage in front of an audience,” said Jack. “I’m not too nervous yet, just excited. I can’t wait!”

Jack has been backed up by 12-year-old Archie Parker, who has also learned the part, and will perform as James on Wednesday and the final matinee.

Robert added: “Archie has also been absolutely wonderful to work with. I am incredibly lucky to have two very talented Jameses!”

“It’s been my most ambitious project to date,” added Robert, who also directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2014, and One Man, Two Guvnors in 2016, among others.

“We collaborated with the amazingly talented James Grady on the music for One Man, Two Guvnors. And we’ve been incredibly lucky that James has joined us for this show too, composing some fantastic stuff that’s blown me away.

“It’s been a real team effort, with such a lot to pull together. I can’t thank everyone who’s been involved enough.

“I can’t wait for audiences to meet James and his band of giant insects!”

James and the Giant Peach runs from April 7 to 14.

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