Stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s The Baddies announced

A new stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s The Baddies will make its premiere next year.

The latest book by Julia Donaldson with illustrations by Axel Scheffler will be brought to the stage at The Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh from 4 – 20 October 2024.

The Baddies will then play at the Warwick Arts Centre from 26 – 27 October, and then Rose Theatre Kingston from 29 October – 3 November, with further tour dates to be announced.

Meet the very worst Baddies in the world! Don’t you dare to come too close to a witch, a troll and an ancient ghost! The Baddies love being bad. They roar, spook and cast wicked spells to try and scare a girl out of her wits…who will succeed? Or perhaps the girl is braver than they think…

The stage adaption is presented by Freckle Productions who previously adapted Stick Man, Tabby McTat, Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales, Zog, and Zog and the Flying Doctors.

The Baddies will have songs by Joe Stilgoe (Zog and Zog and The Flying Doctors) with casting and a full creative team to be announced.

Jennifer Sutherland from Freckle Productions said: “Freckle are thrilled and excited to be working with David Greig and the Lyceum Theatre team to create The Baddies and premier the show in such a beautiful theatre in the heart of Edinburgh.”

Julia Donaldson added: “I am delighted that The Baddies will be brought wickedly to life on stage next year in Edinburgh by Freckle Productions, who’ve done such fun and inventive things with Zog and Stick Man and my other characters over the years. I’m particularly happy that Joe Stilgoe, with his gift for catchy tunes and clever lyrics, has written the songs for the show, and I feel confident that the result will be a great night at the theatre for kids of all ages.”

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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