Roald Dahl’s Despicable Twits are phizz-whizzing their way to Royal & Derngate this February

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Royal & Derngate is delighted that the Curve and Rose Theatre Kingston production of Roald Dahl’s The Twitswill be coming to Northampton from Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 February, just in time for the school half-term holidays. 

Roald Dahl’s The Twits tells the tale of themost spiteful and revolting couple you could ever hope to meet. Mr Twit has a very hairy face. His beard is spiky and smelly. It also contains cornflakes, sardines and even some stilton. Mrs Twit is equally as foul and she hates Mr Twit just as much as he hates her.

They spend their days playing wicked tricks on each other and mistreating Muggle-Wump monkeys. They also have a particularly sticky trick to catch Roly-Poly birds for their bird pies. But not for much longer because the monkeys have a cunning plan to teach those terrible twits a lesson.

Max Webster (The Lorax at The Old Vic) directs a hugely talented cast of actor-musicians and acrobats alongside an exceptional creative team including composer Dougal Irvine (formerly resident composer at Royal & Derngate) who returns to create new songs and music for the production following Curve’s production of The Witches last year. Dougal previously wrote the music for Royal & Derngate’s 2015 Christmas show, The Snow Queen.

The Twits comes to Northampton on a national tour after opening in Hong Kong and a successful run in Leicester at Christmas, marking the 100 celebratory year.

The Twits takes to the Royal stage from Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 February, with performances at 11am and 2.30pm on Tuesday, 2.30pm and 7pm from Wednesday to Friday and 1pm and 5pm on Saturday. Tickets are £17* and can be booked by calling Box Office on 01604 624811 or online at

A Curve and Rose Theatre Kingston co-production
Based on the book by Roald Dahl
Adapted for the stage by David Wood

Director: Max Webster; Designer: Georgia Lowe; Lighting Designer: Joshua Pharo; Composer: Dougal Irvine; Movement Director: Deborah Pugh; Sound Designer: Carolyn Downing; Casting Director: Kay Magson.

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