About Roald Dahl's The Magic Finger Online


Starring Corinna Brown (Tara Jones in Netflix drama Heartstopper) and Lucy Mangan (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Roald Dahl’s The Magic Finger is a glorious and imaginatively filmed theatrical reading, available free online to schools and families across the UK.

The Gregg family spend every Saturday morning out in the woods searching for animals and birds to hunt. But the girl next door cannot stand hunting, and she’s so angry about it she’s going to set the magic finger on them all. One thing is for certain, very strange and spectacular things are about to begin...

Presented by Unicorn Online and The Roald Dahl Story Company, this reading of Roald Dahl’s mischievous story is directed by former Royal Court Theatre Associate Director Milli Bhatia (Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner, Royal Court) and designed by Shankho Chaudhuri (Alice in Wonderland, Brixton House).

Schools can access the digital storytelling in three shorter chapters and the resource pack via this link.

Unicorn Online is generously supported by Backstage Trust. With thanks to Susie Sainsbury and The Bloomberg Digital Accelerator Programme.


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Performed by Corinna Brown & Lucy Mangan
Director Milli Bhatia
Designer Shankho Chaudhuri
Director of Photography and Editor Todd MacDonald
Sound Designer and Composer Elena Peña
Lighting Designer Jai Morjaria
Casting Director Jacob Sparrow

© Roald Dahl Story Company Limited 2023. This digital theatrical reading was made by special arrangement with Casarotto Ramsay & Associates and Roald Dahl Story Company Limited. All rights in the Play and the recording are strictly reserved and no use whatsoever shall be made of the Play or the Recording without the rights holders express prior permission. This performance is authorised for non-commercial use only. Neither the Play nor the recording may be copied, distributed, broadcast or otherwise exploited in whole or in part in any media now known or hereafter developed. To do so shall constitute contravention of copyright law.