“It’s a rollicking ride … delivers plenty of laughs for all ages.

“Mixing a 70s style with a dash of Monty Python, the creatives have clearly had plenty of fun in creating this larger-than-life version of Badjelly The Witch– Dione Joseph, Theatreview 

Spike Milligan’s all-time favourite story Badjelly The Witch comes to life on stage in Auckland for the October school holidays.

Auckland’s leading children’s theatre company, Tim Bray Productions presents Badjelly The Witch at the PumpHouse Theatre, Takapuna from Saturday 22 September to Saturday 13 October.

Millions of children worldwide have grown up with the story of Tim and Rose’s madcap adventure through the great black forest and into Badjelly’s castle, and in New Zealand it regularly featured on morning radio with the album selling more than 40,000 copies and achieving double platinum status.

Originally written by Milligan for his children, it was adapted for the stage by Tim Bray, QSM in 2010 and returned in 2016.

“We’re delighted to be bringing it back again for 2018 due to popular demand,” says Tim Bray. “This is a classic piece of theatre – and the adults enjoy it as much as the children.”

The show features The Goons’ ‘Ying Tong’ song along with Monty Pythonesque comedy and Tim hopes audiences will once again join in the fun and cheer as Tim and Rose set off to search for their beloved lost cow Lucy, laugh with the enchanted characters Dinglemouse, Mud-wiggle and Binkle-bonk, and boo at Badjelly when she captures Tim and Rose and threatens to turn them into sausages.

Well-known Tim Bray Productions’ actor Tim Raby reprises his role as Badjelly, with Jessica Hunt as Rose, Jacob Dale as Tim, Donogh Rees as Dinglemouse (and other roles), Dylan Underwood as Mud-wiggle (and other roles), and Jeff Szusterman and Charlotte Heath playing a variety of roles. Music will be performed live by Nick Garrett.

Badjelly The Witch is at The PumpHouse Theatre Takapuna, Auckland, opening with a Gala performance on Saturday 22 September at 5pm and running until Saturday 6 October. Performance times from 24-28 September are 10:30am and 1pm daily; and from 29 September to 13 October at 10:30am and 2pm (no shows on Sundays). New Zealand Sign Language interpreted performances are on Saturday 22 September at 5pm and Thursday 27 September at 10.30am, with audio described performances with touch tour performances on Saturday 22 September 4pm and Tuesday 25 September 12pm.

Children are encouraged to dress up as a character from the show for the onstage Costume Parade at the gala and every school holiday season performance.

For tickets and details of all performances of Badjelly The Witch visit www.timbrayproductions.org.nz