Much-Loved Children’s Novel Takes To The Stage


No-one outfoxes a fox despite the efforts of three greedy, smelly and horrid farmers.

That is the story behind a new musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic novel Fantastic Mr Fox, which is on its way to Norwich Theatre Royal.

Running from June 21-24, it tells the story of Mr Fox who is smart, clever and rather fantastic.

Richard Atwill as Rat.    Photo: Manuel Harlan

He does not bargain on how determined the nasty trio of farmers are to get revenge on him.

Mr Fox needs to hatch a plan to save his family and friends while outsmarting everyone who is out to get him and that is while trying to keep the very enthusiastic Rabbit from giving his plans away.

Cue family fun at its finest with this exciting family production aimed at all ages and helping to celebrate one of Dahl’s greatest books soon after the celebrations around his centenary.

Taking on the lead role of Mr Fox is Greg Barnett who has appeared on TV in the BBC’s cult hit Fleabag and daytime favourite Doctors, as well as enjoying a wide-ranging theatre career in the likes of Swallows and Amazons in the West End and on tour, Zorro at The Garrick in London’s theatre-land, and the UK tour of Sweeney Todd.

The play has been adapted for the stage by Sam Holcroft whose most recent play Rules For Living premiered at the National Theatre last year. Her other work includes Dancing Bears for the Latitude Festival in Suffolk and London’s Soho Theatre, Pink for Tricycle Theatre, and Cockroach for the National Theatre of Scotland.

And the composer and one of the lyricists for the show, Arthur Darvill, is very well-known for a string of high-profile TV roles. He played the big-hearted Rev Paul Coates in Broadchurch and the lovable Rory in Doctor Who. Arthur is also no stranger to the music world composing for a number of productions including the Olivier Award-nominated National Theatre production I Want My Hat Back, The Frontline for The Globe, and Jack and the Beanstalk for the Lyric Hammersmith.

Jade Croot as Kit.   Photo: Manuel Harlan

John Bultitude, of Norwich Theatre Royal, said: “This promises to be a fantastic production with a strong cast and some fantastically creative people working behind the scenes. Greed, pride and the power of friendship all come into sharp focus in this production which also features live music and songs, and some incredible designs. To use one of Roald Dahl’s best words, it will be wondercrump.”

Fantastic Mr Fox is here from 21-24 June, and tickets are available now.