Roald Dahl, who died in 1990, was one of the foremost children’s writers of the 20th century. Starting in the 1940s, when children’s stories were still typically safe and instructive Dahl developed a style that was unsentimental, dark and often grotesque – his characters and stories often owned more to nightmares than to dreams. Yet children love them and his most popular books – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG and The Witches count amongst the finest children’s books of recent decades.
Dahl’s exaggerated characters and extraordinary storylines are a natural fit for drama and many of his books have been adapted as play scripts for the stage. Many of these have been adapted for stage by leading children’s dramatist David Wood.
Puffin produce a box-set of six of Dahl’s most popular play scripts which is great value, and other ones can be found in our catalogue – check them out.