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Eden Court will host a new production for stage of Roald Dahl’s The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

By Margaret Chrystall

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For the first time, Roald Dahl’s The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar has been adapted for the stage and will come to Eden Court from April 15-17 next year.

The Wonderful Story Of Henry Sugar, Roald Dahl's story adapted for the stage.
The Wonderful Story Of Henry Sugar, Roald Dahl's story adapted for the stage.

This is the first time that the story of Henry Sugar – taken from the collection of seven short stories, The Wonderful Story Of Henry Sugar And Six More (1977) by Roald Dahl – will be brought to the UK stage.

Helen Milne Productions, Perth Theatre and The Roald Dahl Story Company are proud to

announce their collaboration on the production.

Rob Drummond, said: “I’m delighted to be working on a show that combines two

of my oldest childhood passions – Roald Dahl stories and magic.”

Rob Drummond is a playwright, performer and director and an associate artist with the

Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. Rob’s wide-ranging work includes two CATS award-winning plays for young audiences, Mr Write (National Theatre of Scotland) and Uncanny Valley (Borderline Theatre and Edinburgh International Science Festival) and Rob Drummond: Wrestling (The Arches), for which Rob trained as a professional wrestler.

He also worked on the first-ever stage adaptation of beloved Scottish comic strip The Broons (Selladoor). In dating show In Fidelity (HighTide), Rob helped audience members find love – resulting in at least one real life wedding!

Rob Drummond adapted the story.
Rob Drummond adapted the story.

The show's director is Ben Harrison, who has directed over 75 professional theatre productions and has been co-artistic director of Grid Iron from 1996, since when the company has won over 30 awards for its work. He has directed 29 of the company’s productions. Highlights for Grid Iron include: The Bloody Chamber, Decky Does A Bronco, Those Eyes, That Mouth, and Barflies.

Ben has also worked on productions in the North, from The Buke Of The Howlat for Findhorn Bay Arts to The Tailor of Inverness for Dogstar and Let’s Inherit The Earth for Dogstar/Profilteatern.

Roald Dahl's story is described as comic, disturbing and a delightful tale of the obsessive hunt for power.

From the slums of Bombay to the glamour of international casinos to the pinging, all-consuming world of social media, the characters discover the dangers of actually getting what you want.

There is an idle playboy who longs for even more money… a teenage girl who longs for online fame... and a conjuror who longs to be believed.

The team behind the show – who have said the show is suitable for 11+ – say: "Expect magic. Expect illusion. Expect the unexpected."

Tickets are on sale now: eden-court.co.uk

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