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By Roald Dahl
Adapted by David Wood
Directed by Andrew Panton

“This is where all dreams is beginning”

This Christmas, we are delighted to present Roald Dahl’s classic story The BFG – created by the team which brought you last year’s magical festive show A Christmas Carol.

The Big Friendly Giant captures dreams and keeps them in bottles for children to enjoy whilst they sleep. He is unlike other giants. For a start, he doesn't like to eat people!

Join the BFG and his new best friend – little orphan Sophie – and help them save the children of Britain from the child-eating giants, Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater, Bonecruncher, Meatdripper, Childchewer, and Gizzardgulper.

An undisputed national treasure and the world’s favourite children’s author, Roald Dahl has enchanted young minds for more than twenty five years with stories that fire the imagination, bring dreams to life and release squeals of delight. We are thrilled to bring this wonderful adventure to life on The Lyceum stage for all the family to enjoy.

Recommended for ages 5+

Cast and Credits

The BFG/ Dad - Lewis Howden
Mum/ Queen/ Miss Plumridge/ Mummy - Claire Knight
Sophie - Robyn Milne
Daniel (Sam)/ Bloodbottler/ Mr Tibbs/ Head of Army - Tom Mackley
Rebecca (Katherine)/ Mary/ Queen of Sweden - Emily Byrt
Guy/ Fleshlumpeater/ Headmaster/ Father/ Head of Airforce - Ben Winger
Ensemble/ Female Understudy - Neshla Caplan
Ensemble/ Male Understudy - Martin Murphy

Director - Andrew Panton
Designer - Becky Minto
Lighting Designer - Simon Wilkinson
Composer/ Musical Director - Claire McKenzie
Puppet Coach - Rick Conte
Animation Designer - Jamie Macdonald


The BFG, teaser-trailer

"Us GIANTS be making whizzpoppers!"

Dates, Times & Prices

28 November 2014 – 3 January 2015

Friday 28 and Saturday 29 November, 7pm
All Preview tickets £10* and on sale now!


  • Yellow dates
    Thu 4, Fri 5, Sat 6, Wed 10, Thu 11, Fri 12, Sat 13, Wed 17, Thu 18, Fri 19, Fri 26, Sat 27, Mon 29, Tue 30 Dec and Sat 3 Jan
  • White dates
    Sat 20, Mon 22, Tue 23 Dec


  • Yellow dates
    Sat 6, Fri 19, Mon 29, Tue 30, Wed 31 Dec and Sat 3 Jan
  • White dates
    Sat 13, Sat 20, Sun 21 Mon 22, Tue 23, Wed 24, Fri 26, Sat 27, Sun 28 Dec


  • 1hr 30minutes, including a 20 minute interval

*A £1 transaction fee will be added to all bookings.
** Due to the proximity to Christmas we are no longer able to offer a postal delivery option for tickets.


Previews: All tickets £10* - on sale 27 October

Grand Circle and Stalls:
White dates £28*
Yellow dates £25*

Grand Circle Boxes and Upper Circle:
White dates £20*
Yellow dates £19*

Children’s tickets are half these prices!**

From £15*

*A £1 transaction fee will be added to all bookings.
**Children are classified as Under 18.
***Due to the proximity to Christmas we are no longer able to offer a postal delivery option for tickets.



  • Thursday 11 December - 7pm
  • Touch Tour - 5.45pm
  • Saturday 13 December - 2pm
  • Touch Tour - 12.45pm


  • Wednesday 17 December - 7pm


  • Saturday 6 December - 2pm


Press Coverage

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Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman
"...a truly magnificent BFG in Lewis Howden...delivers a fine 90 minutes of children’s theatre, fast, funny, genial..."

Neil Cooper, The Herald
"...the things that dreams are made of."

Thom Dibdin, The Stage
"Swish, sparkling take on Roald Dahl"

David Pollock, The List
...a sense of magic and wonder pervades everything."

Susan Lowe, All Edinburgh Theatre
"Whizzpopping fun...Full of adventure and wonder, this is a production which guarantees joy and delight."

Amy King, Edinburgh 49
"Outstanding...“Human beans is not thinking giants exist.” Well, after this great big and magic production this human bean thinks otherwise."

Keith Dimble, Edinburgh Spotlight
"The BFG has whisked the audience to a land of imagination and back in a colourful and charming show which deserves to be a giant success."

Justine Blundell, Edinburgh Guide
"A young cast brings plenty of whizz-popping energy to this year’s Christmas show at The Lyceum...a fantastical farting fable for all the family!"

Emma Hay, TV Bomb
full of festive spirit; it celebrates the differences between people of all shapes and size, regardless of who or what you are."

Alan Morrison, Sunday Herald
"There's a rather lovely celebration of play and imagination at the heart of The Lyceum's Christmas show"

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