Alexander Mørk-Eidem directs Roald Dahl’s Häxorna at Damaten

By on December 22, 2017
Therese Öhrvall

For the first time in Sweden, Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s horror Häxorna are set up as theater. The role of the baby-devouring big witch is made by Marie Richardson and directed by Alexander Mørk-Eidem. Premiere on Dramatens little stage on January 18th.

When the orphan boy moves in to his grandmother, he is told that witches are on real. They are everywhere and look like regular women. There may be a teacher or auntie on the bus. Or by all means she who tear the tickets at the theater. But the witches can be recognized. They have blue spittle, wigs and always wear gloves. Now they are making plans to kill all the children around the world and the little boy must save them.

– I hope everyone who sees Häxorna gets the same tickling feeling that my little brother received when mom read the book for him wearing yellow dishwashing gloves. He was terrified, but still wanted to hear how it went so he remained. Roald Dahl’s amazing, brutally comic and anarchist fairytale world is as fun for children as adults, says director Alexander Mørk-Eidem.

The set is based on Roald Dahl’s book, with the original title The Witches, which was first published in 1984. Häxorna became 1990 a film with, among others, Anjelica Huston and Swedish Mai Zetterling in the roles.

The role of the boy is alternated between the actors Uno Elger, Olle af Klercker and John Österlund.

Recommended from 5 years. A production from Unga Dramaten.

Häxorna, premiere January 18, 2018, The Little Stage.

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