The Worst Witch

Jill Murphy’s
The Worst Witch

Long before Harry Potter there was Mildred Hubble. An ordinary girl who found herself in an extraordinary place: a school for witches. Now in her final year, accident prone Mildred and her fellow pupils are about to embark on their biggest adventure yet…

Jealous Ethel Hallow is always out to spoil Mildred’s fun. Miss Hardbroom is opposed to all fun in general. And just as Mildred sparks some inevitable mayhem certain to upset them both, an old enemy returns with a plan for revenge that could threaten not just the Academy, but the whole world.

Jill Murphy’s The Worst Witch stories have sold more than five million copies worldwide and been made into numerous films and TV series. The most recent and successful was written by playwright Emma Reeves (Royal Television Society Award for Best Children’s TV Programme and 2017 British Screenwriters Award for Best Children’s Programme) who is now bringing these stories to life on the Royal Stage at Christmas in a major new play that will subsequently embark upon a national tour.

Featuring all of Jill Murphy’s beloved characters, this original story is directed by Theresa Heskins (2017 UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and Young People) and features especially written music, breath-taking magic and plenty of Mildred’s unique brand of utter pandemonium!

A new play by Emma Reeves.Directed by Theresa Heskins
A Made In Northampton co-production with Kenny Wax Family Entertainment, Novel Theatre and Nica Burns.
Made in Northampton is sponsored locally by Michael Jones Jeweller.

Relaxed Performance
We are presenting a relaxed performance on Thursday 20 December at 2.15pm. These are specially adapted and relaxed performances for customers with a wide range of disabilities and for those on the autistic spectrum. There may be some small changes to the show in terms of lighting and sound but the overall content will not change. There will also be a more relaxed atmosphere in the auditorium in order to reduce anxiety and ensure an enjoyable visit. A visual story and familiarisation meeting and a relaxation area will also be available. Tickets for this relaxed performance are not available online; to book, call our Box Office on 01604 624811 or visit us in person.

 Click here to view a visual story before your visit 


Click to read The Worst Witch Rehearsal Blog 

The Worst Witch – Trailer 

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Masterclass: Directing Musical Theatre
Mon 10 Dec – 6pm-8.30pm

Look out for details for a Directing Musical Theatre masterclass with Perfect Pitch Musicals and an accompanying ticket offer for Royal & Derngate’s Christmas show The Worst Witch.

Members of Royal & Derngate’s Generate Programme can sign up for this free Masterclass and receive a complimentary ticket for the performance.

Join us for this practical workshop on directing immersive children’s theatre.

These are workshops are designed for those already working as or with a genuine interest in pursuing a career as a professional director or theatre maker.

Please note that to receive the complimentary ticket offer you must attend the accompanying workshop on the same day.

To book call our Box Office on 01604 624811.
For more information email [email protected]

Production photography by Manuel Harlan

Behind The Scenes with Theresa Heskins

Nov 18
Dec 18
Venue: Royal
Age: Recommended for ages 7+
Duration: Approx. 2 hours 20 minutes including an interval.
  • Audio Described
  • Captioned
  • Pre-show Touch Tour
  • Relaxed performance
  • Signed

Cast & Creative Team