Roald Dahl

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Motorised mice and hideous death masks: bringing The Witches to life on stage
From mixing 20 shades of pink to not making the witch heads too scary, a behind-the-scenes tour of the National Theatre’s new production reveals the craft that goes into bringing Roald Dahl’s children’s classic to the stage

Miriam Gillinson; Photography by David Levene

25, Nov, 2023 @11:55 AM

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The Witches review – frights played for fun in rollicking musical
Roald Dahl’s villains are given a makeover with a gag-filled script by Lucy Kirkwood and a couple of storming numbers

Arifa Akbar

22, Nov, 2023 @12:10 PM

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The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar review – Wes Anderson and Roald Dahl are a perfect fit
Ralph Fiennes and Benedict Cumberbatch star in the director’s lovingly detailed ​short film based on Dahl’s tale of a man who can see through objects

Wendy Ide

01, Oct, 2023 @10:30 AM

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The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar review – Wes Anderson’s star-stuffed Roald Dahl yarn
At just 37 minutes, Ralph Fiennes, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ben Kingsley, Dev Patel and Richard Ayoade never get beyond the two-dimensional

Peter Bradshaw

27, Sep, 2023 @12:00 PM

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The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar review – Wes Anderson’s short and sweet Roald Dahl tale
Anderson’s second Dahl adaptation is a droll 40 minutes of beautifully composed nested stories, with Benedict Cumberbatch as a gambler who learns how to beat the house

Xan Brooks

01, Sep, 2023 @5:07 PM

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Roald Dahl’s works shouldn’t be edited, says Wes Anderson
Director says he feels that when a piece of art is finished, ‘it’s done’, amid row over editing of language

Nadia Khomami Arts and culture correspondent

01, Sep, 2023 @12:14 PM

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Michael Parkinson was on the right side of history | Brief letters
Brief letters: Celebrating Parkinson | Technology predictions | Benefits or bank holiday? | Dead nice delicacies | A-level jumping

18, Aug, 2023 @4:51 PM

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‘Times change’: what authors think about rewriting older books
Jacqueline Wilson is latest writer to wade into debate over changing dated and offensive language

Sammy Gecsoyler

14, Aug, 2023 @1:30 PM

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Britain is indeed in political purgatory | Brief letters
Brief letters: Undead government | French sunbathers and swimmers | Roald Dahl’s AI prescience | Barbie product placement | Election fibs

13, Aug, 2023 @4:29 PM

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Roald Dahl museum acknowledges author’s antisemitism
Museum has condemned ‘all racism directed at any group or individual’ in statement about the writer

Harriet Sherwood Arts and culture correspondent

19, Jul, 2023 @11:54 AM

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Wonka: first trailer for Timothée Chalamet’s chocolatey prequel
Oscar nominee stars as a young version of Roald Dahl’s sweet mogul with Hugh Grant playing an Oompa Loompa

Benjamin Lee

11, Jul, 2023 @4:32 PM

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Streaming: Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical and the best adaptations of classic children’s books
The latest all-singing version of Matilda, now on Netflix, joins an impressive library of thoughtful film versions of seminal kids’ books, from Paddington to Kes

Guy Lodge

24, Jun, 2023 @7:00 AM

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