Nuffield Southampton Theatres And Curve’s Production Of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox, in association with Lyric Hammersmith, returns to London for summer run

Fantastic Mr Fox at Nuffield Southampton Theatres. Greg Barnett (Mr Fox). Photo credit Manuel Harlan

Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Curve and Lyric Hammersmith today announced that, following a successful UK tour, their production of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox will return for a second run at Lyric Hammersmith this summer.  The production, adapted for the stage by Sam Holcroft, directed by Maria Aberg with original music by Arthur Darvill, runs at the Lyric Hammersmith from 26 July to 20 August, after it completes its national tour.

Director of Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Sam Hodges said today, “I am very pleased that our hit production of Fantastic Mr Fox is coming back to London, following the last sell-out run. This is a terrific adaptation of a special story and this return to the Lyric marks a well-deserved finale to a successful tour.”

In a joint statement Curve’s Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster said: “We are thrilled that even more families and young people will be able to experience our successful co-production of Fantastic Mr Fox. Audiences across the country and internationally have all had a wonderful time watching this ‘fantastic’ Roald Dahl classic be brought to life live on stage.”

Artistic Director of Lyric Hammersmith, Sean Holmes, said “We are delighted to welcome back Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox after its sell-out success here at the Lyric earlier this year.  A great treat for all the family this summer”

“You know as well as I do: no-one outfoxes a fox!”

Boggis, Bunce and Bean, three greedy, smelly, horrid farmers hate the cunning Mr Fox.

Mr Fox is smart, clever and rather fantastic, but he doesn’t realise how determined the farmers are to get revenge. Can he hatch a plan to save his family and friends? Can they outrun the diggers and outsmart the farmers, and can rabbit shut up long enough not to give the game away?

Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox is family fun at its finest. A juicy tale of greed, pride and the power of friendship which promises a Dahlicious theatrical feast with live music and songs.

Sam Holcroft’s most recent play, Rules for Living, premièred at the National Theatre in 2015 and a revival, directed by Simon Godwin and co-produced by English Touring Theatre, Rose Theatre Kingston and Royal & Derngate, Northampton, will be touring the UK this autumn. She was the Writer-in-Residence at the National Theatre Studio from 2013-14 and was the Pearson Playwright in Residence at the Traverse Theatre in 2009-10. In 2014 she was a recipient of the Windham Campbell Prize for Literature in the Drama category and in 2009 she won the Tom Erhardt Award for up and coming writers. Her other plays include The Wardrobe, Edgar And Annabel, Dancing Bears, While You Lie, Pink, Vanya and Cockroach.  She is currently under commission from the Royal Court Theatre.

Maria Aberg directs.  Her directing work includes, for the RSC, Dr Faustus (also Barbican), The White Devil, As You Like It, King John, The Gods Weep, Days of Significance; Hotel (National Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Manchester Royal Exchange),The Chairs (Theatre Royal Bath) and Alaska (Royal Court Theatre). She has also directed at Hampstead Theatre and Trafalgar Studios.  Forthcoming directing projects include The Winter’s Tale (Romateatern, Sweden).

Arthur Darvill is an actor and composer, best-known for his regular appearances as Rory in BBC TV’s Doctor Who and as Rev. Paul Coates on ITV’s Broadchurch. Darvill’s most recent theatre work as composer includes I Want My Hat Back (National Theatre),I Heart Peterborough (Eastern Angles), The Bacchae (English Touring Theatre), It’s About Time (nabokov/Latitude), and Jack and The Beanstalk (Lyric Hammersmith). He won the Musical Theatre Matters Award for Been So Long (Young Vic/English Touring Theatre).

Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Curve in association with Lyric Hammersmith present

Roald Dahl’s


Adapted for the stage by Sam Holcroft

Directed by Maria Aberg; Designed by Tom Scutt; Music by Arthur Darvill

Lyrics by Arthur Darvill, Sam Holcroft, Al Muriel and Darren Clark

Sound Designer: Claire Windsor; Lighting Designer: Lee Curran

Movement Director: Ayse Tashkiran; Music Director: Richie Hart; Casting Director: Annelie Powell

Cast includes: Richard Atwill, Greg Barnett, Patrick Burbidge, Jade Croot, Lillie Flynn, Sandy Foster, Gruffudd Glyn, Richie Hart, Thomas Hewitt, Edward Hole, Kelly Jackson, Tanya Shields.

26 July – 20 August

Lyric Hammersmith

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