Dahl adaptation in the open air

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The picturesque grounds of the National Trust’s Kedleston Hall, near Derby, will become a stage this week when the second of three plays scheduled for this summer takes place there in the open air.

On July 26, children can enjoy a fun-filled show as Roald Dahl’s much-loved book The Twits is brought to life on stage.

Mr and Mrs Twit are two ugly, smelly, nasty people who spend their lives playing tricks on each other. They also enjoy being cruel to animals, including luring birds to glue-smothered trees so they can be baked into a pie.

One day, the arrival of the Roly-Poly Bird allows the birds to get their revenge. A truly delightful production for all the family.

Jonathan Turley, visitor experience manager at Kedleston Hall said: “Our outdoor theatre events are always popular and the pleasure grounds are the perfect place to enjoy a summer evening and some fantastic entertainment with friends or family.

“There is always a wonderful atmosphere at these productions, and it’s lovely to see so many people sat enjoying great entertainment, and the cast never fail to encapsulate the essence of the stories, and portray them in a witty, easily accessible format.”

Audience members are welcome to bring their own picnics. All visitors should bring low-backed seating or rugs, warm clothes and waterproofs.

Tickets can be booked by calling 01332 842191.

The productions are suitable for all ages.