5 Sep - 30 Nov 2020 For ages 6 - 12

A Unicorn and Illuminations Production

Roald Dahl's The Twits online

A new theatrical reading of the story.

  • Directed by Ned Bennett

A new theatrical reading of the story.

Imagine the worst people you can think of, can you do that? Good. Then you’re just about ready to meet Mr and Mrs Twit, the nastiest couple you could ever hope (not) to meet.

We're overjoyed to be able to share our brand new theatrical reading of one of Roald Dahl's best-loved books about a most despicable couple, The Twits, the clever Muggle-Wump and the magnificent Roly-Poly Bird. This unabridged reading, filmed in our theatre, is gleeful, gunge-filled digital storytelling aimed at children aged 6 - 12.

Available for free on our YouTube and The Guardian's website from 5 September, 10am until 30 November 2020. The story is in three parts, but the videos will be released all at once so that you can enjoy them whenever, and wherever, you want.

As part of Unicorn Online, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are offering a range of free online theatrical experiences that we hope will be enjoyed by children across London, the UK and beyond.


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★★★★ 'Roald Dahl’s twisted children’s book, The Twits has never been more vibrant. If you’ve got kids and fancy introducing them to a British Classic, I urge you to watch this show with them. I can guarantee any adults sitting in will be equally entertained by this exquisite reading.' A Younger Theatre

'What a treat, and a lovely way to while away an hour with the kids, or, to be honest, without them.' The Reviews Hub


Stories are good for you. Roald Dahl said, ‘If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely’.

The Roald Dahl Story Company protects and grows the cultural value of The Roald Dahl brand with its unique breadth of characters, stories and worlds. It has established a global reputation within the worlds of publishing, movies, products and events – and has earned a host of industry accolades along the way. With 300 million books sold, Roald Dahl brand continues to grow in popularity globally with innovative new developments in book, entertainment and beyond.

The Roald Dahl Story Company is committed to sharing the positive message at the heart of all Roald Dahl stories- that the world can be tough, but with a combination of imagination, determination and heart, - everyone possesses the strength to change their own circumstances for the better. As such, the Roald Dahl Story Company Ltd has a long term commitment to charitable giving, working with charities such as Partners In Health and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. Over £10 million has been given by the Roald Dahl business and Family to date.

'We believe in doing good things and that’s why The Roald Dahl Story Company Limited (company number 11099347) gives a portion of its profit to charity. For more details about our charitable giving please visit our website.'

Find out more at roalddahl.com



Martina Laird - Storyteller
Zubin Varla - Storyteller

Creative Team

Directed by Ned Bennett
Designed by Georgia Lowe
Composer and Sound Designer Giles Thomas​
Director of Photography Phil Cooper
Editor Joe Young
Sound Recordist Max Gamble
Costume Supervisor Cristiano Casimiro


Unicorn Online has been made possible with the generous support of the Backstage Trust and Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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Our reading of Roald Dahl's The Twits is streamed in partnership with The Guardian.

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Main image credit: ©RDSC/ QB 2020.

© Roald Dahl Story Company Limited 2020. This audio recording 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.


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