The Midnight Gang was first published in 2016 and instantly became a best-selling classic. It is a huge vote of confidence from David Walliams himself that he is entrusting the very first stage production of the story to our inclusive theatre company.

A resident artistic team will be joined by some of the young people working in our inclusive education programmes to create an extraordinarily special event for our audiences. The play will be designed by one of Chickenshed's favourite designers, Keith Dunne, who has designed, among others, the much admired Peter Pan Christmas show. I will truly relish the opportunity to direct our team in what will be a memorable series of performances within our newly created Summer Family Show slot, from 19 July - 6 August.

As the father of an 11 year old myself, I know that this can be a time of the year - after school finishes and the holidays begin - where families can be looking for inspiring and entertaining things to do with their children. The Chickenshed world premiere of The Midnight Gang will be just the ticket right on their doorstep!

The Story
The Midnight Gang is an enchanting, and very funny (well, David Walliams wrote it!) story about five children on a hospital ward who all have a taste for adventure. Each night at midnight they take turns to escape from the nasty Matron's watchful eye and run riot throughout hidden corners of the hospital as they explore their dreams. Tom, Sally, Amber, George and Robin band together as they explore their dreams and discover a binding friendship as they run circles around the doctors, cleaners, dinner ladies, and nurses who try to keep them in control. It all gets out of hand one night, and they find themselves involved in a dream of a lifetime...

Our production will be colourful, fast, and funny as you try to keep up with The Midnight Gang. As we plan and begin creating our Summer Season offerings, I welcome all of you to what will be a real bumper summer of inclusive performances of the very highest quality.

All the best,

Lou Stein