Chapel Players’ adaptation of Roald Dahl classic The Witches is sure to leave you spellbound!

Chapel Players' production of The Witches. Isobel Clucas as Girl and Jean Mowl as Grandmama. Photo: Jill Gubbins.
Chapel Players' production of The Witches. Isobel Clucas as Girl and Jean Mowl as Grandmama. Photo: Jill Gubbins.
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Chapel-en-le-Frith Players are bringing to life one of Roald Dahl’s most popular books; The Witches.

Adapted by David Wood, it’s a dark tale of a girl and her Norwegian grandmother, who fall foul of the Grand High Witch, played by Helen Bates, but get their revenge in spectacular style.

Chapel Players' production of The Witches. Pictured are the Witches, back row left to right: Charlotte Poole, Hannah Lomas, Helena Jodrell. Middle row, left to right: Marie Mason, Sarah Banks, Tracey Furness.  Front row, left to right: Claire Wood, Helen Bates, Angela Buttrill, Ros Ellis. Photo: Jill Gubbins.

Chapel Players' production of The Witches. Pictured are the Witches, back row left to right: Charlotte Poole, Hannah Lomas, Helena Jodrell. Middle row, left to right: Marie Mason, Sarah Banks, Tracey Furness. Front row, left to right: Claire Wood, Helen Bates, Angela Buttrill, Ros Ellis. Photo: Jill Gubbins.

The cast includes Grandmama (Jean Mowl), who warns her orphaned grand-daughter (Isobel Clucas) about the witches, but can’t stop them turning her and another child, bullying Bruno Jenkins (Tyla Muntz), into mice. Luckily, a plan is hatched to turn the tables on the witches.

Adding to the fun is Bruno’s nasty, mouse-hating parents (Harry Goddard and Nichola Hallows), a couple of chefs with questionable standards (Becky Simpson and Helena Jodrell), and plenty of special effects.

“This is definitely one of the most technically complicated productions Chapel Players have ever done,” says director Stephen Kettle.

“The cast members have been really patient while we’ve sorted out video and sound effects, and Rob Fotherby and the rest of our sound and lighting team have put in hours of work.”

Chapel Players' production of The Witches. Harry Goddard as Mr Jenkins, Tyla Mentz as Bruno and Nichola Hallows as Mrs Jenkins. Photo: Jill Gubbins.

Chapel Players' production of The Witches. Harry Goddard as Mr Jenkins, Tyla Mentz as Bruno and Nichola Hallows as Mrs Jenkins. Photo: Jill Gubbins.

The performance also includes some puppetry as the mice interact with human characters.

The Witches appears at Chapel Playhouse on Friday January 22 and Saturday January 23, and from Thursday January 28 until Saturday January 30. Evening performances start at 7.30pm, with Saturday matinees at 2pm.

Tickets, priced £6 and £4 (concessions), are available from Halls Mica Hardware in Chapel-en-le-Frith, or on the door.

Chapel Players' production of The Witches. Tyla Mentz as Bruno, Mollie Banks as Frog and Isobel Clucas as Girl. Photo: Jill Gubbins.

Chapel Players' production of The Witches. Tyla Mentz as Bruno, Mollie Banks as Frog and Isobel Clucas as Girl. Photo: Jill Gubbins.