The uplifting and very funny Fantastic Mr Fox stage play written by Sam Holcroft perfectly reflected the light hearted but also slightly gruesome nature of Roald Dahl’s original book. A cunning Mr Fox has spent his life stealing food from three local farmers, Boggis, Bunce, and Bean who have finally had enough and are seeking revenge. They set up camp outside the Fox’s home, intending to starve him out, but little do they know, Mr Fox, accompanied by his family and friends, is feasting on their private stores.
One of the highlights of the show is the accurate portrayal of animal characteristics by the whole cast, with Sandy Foster, playing the Rabbit, as the standout. She captures the laugh out loud character perfectly, rewarded with many cheers from the audience, and lightens the crude tones beautifully. Gruffudd Glyn gave another outstanding performance as farmer Bunce, bringing the gruesome character to life.
Before watching, we were intrigued to how the underground and tunnel scenes of the book would be adapted for the stage, but Maria Aberg (director) made great use of the clever and unique staging, the rotating tiers enabling the audience to visualise the above and underground moments simultaneously. Lee Curran’s lighting expertise were showed off throughout, specifically in the security system scene.
We loved the more gory elements of the play but they may not be suitable for a younger or more sensitive audience. Overall, this was a hilarious production with a spectacular band, perfect for everyone looking for a light hearted evening – we would even go so far as to say it was Fantastic!
The production is running until 8th January 2017. For more information go to the Nuffield website.