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Matilda The Musical To Close On Broadway


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The production, based on Roald Dahl's children's novel, opened at New York's Shubert Theatre in April, 2013 and the curtain will finally come down on 1 January (17) after more than 1,500 performances.

"Everything that is so special about this show has been celebrated by one-and-a-half million audience members.... making its Tony Award-winning run at the Shubert not only a profitable hit but also a critical success," the producers at The Royal Shakespeare Company and the Dodgers said on Thursday (14Apr16).

The musical won four Tony Awards after it opened, plus the Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre for the four young girls - Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon, and Milly Shapiro - who originally rotated the role of Matilda.

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Beatrix Potter Tale To Be Released After 100 Years


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The British writer sent The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots to her publisher in 1914, but it was never released, and last year (15), historians unearthed the manuscript in archives at London's Victoria and Albert Museum.

The story, which features popular character Peter Rabbit, has been revived with illustrations by celebrated artist Quentin Blake, and it is set for release in September (16).

Blake, who is best known for his work with Roald Dahl, says of the project, "It seemed almost incredible when, early in 2015, I was sent the manuscript of a story by Beatrix Potter; one which had lain unpublished for 100 years and which, with the exception of a single drawing, she had never illustrated.

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From The Very Hungry Caterpillar To Peter Rabbit: Children's Books That Ought To Follow 'The BFG'


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We are really being brought back to our childhoods with cinema at the moment; Steven Spielberg's 'The BFG' is only the latest popular children's story to be adapted as a live action big screen flick, following in the footsteps of such Roald Dahl classics as 'The Witches', 'Matilda' and 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'.

The BFG'The BFG' is coming in 2016

The coming months will see further book-to-screen adaptations; 'Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass', 'The Little Prince' and even a Disney take on 'The Call of the Wild'. But what other children's classics ought to be re-visited on the big screen? We can think of a few stories that a relevant enough for today's kids...

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What You Need To Know About Ruby Rose, Orange Is The New Black’s Latest Star


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Unless you’ve been in hibernation for the past few weeks, you may have noticed the internet going crazy for the third season of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black and its latest star, Ruby Rose. The 29-year-old Australian actress has caused something of a stir with her good looks and her portrayal of the titillating Stella Carlin on OITNB. In case you’ve missed the buzz surrounding Rose, here’s what you need to know.

Ruby Rose and Phoebe DahlRuby Rose and Phoebe Dahl are engaged to be married.

Read More: OITNB’s Laverne Cox Makes History (Again!), Becomes First Transgender Woman To Receive Emmy Award Nomination.

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Rebecca Hall, Penelope Wilton And Jemaine Clement To Star In The BFG


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Rebecca Hall, Penelope Wilton and Jemaine Clement have been added to the cast of Steven Spielberg's 'The BFG'.

The 68-year-old filmmaker - who will co-produce the film adaptation of the Roald Dahl children's story alongside Walt Disney Studios - has added the trio to Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill and Bill Hader for what will be Disney's first-ever Spielberg-directed film.

Spielberg said: ''In more than 40 years of making movies, I have been on the producing end of a number of films for The Walt Disney Company, but never as a director.

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Roald Dahl's 'Esio Trot' VIP Screening

Paul Mayhew-Archer - Photo's from the VIP screening of Roald Dahl's children's novel turned movie 'Esio Trot' at the Curzon Mayfair Cinema in London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 12th November 2014

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As ‘Charlie And The Chocolate Factory’ Turns 50, We Visit Fudge Mountain For The First Time In Newly Published Lost Chapter


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Since it was first published in 1964, Roald Dahl’s classic tale of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has been delighting readers young and old and selling over 50 million copies worldwide. Now, after half a century on our bookshelves, a 'lost' chapter entitled 'Fudge Mountain' has finally been published, showing us just how different Charlie's journey was in the novel's early stages. 

Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryA set of stamps celebrating Dahl's work were released by Royal Mail in 2012

Published in The Guardian's review supplement, the ‘lost’ fifth chapter describes an extra room in the factory called The Vanilla Fudge Room, where things get predictably messy for two of Charlie's less obedient companions.

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Danny DeVito Wants To Cast Rising Star Actress


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Danny Devito is looking for the right young actress to star in his new movie.

The 'Twins' actor - who wrote, directed and starred in the big screen adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved children's book, 'Matilda' - is hoping to adapt another young adult book, 'The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle', but despite the movie nearly being made twice, it has suffered several setbacks and he is now looking for a new young ingénue to star in the flick.

Speaking to BANG Showbiz during a media trip to London, he explained: ''I'm doing a new movie. I've been trying to do this movie for a while. We almost got it made but Morgan Freeman had a car accident and we had to pull the plug a couple of years ago.

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David Walliams Grabs Third Nomination For Roald Dahl Funny Prize


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Funny man David Walliams has completed a hat trick of sorts, after his third shortlist appearance for the Roald Dahl funny prize was announced, reports The Guardian.

He has become one of the fastest-selling authors in the UK, selling more than 20,000 books a week. His previous works: The Boy in the Dress and Mr Stink – both illustrated by Quentin Blake – were previously recognised by the award, which is named after one of the biggest children’s authors of all time. His competition comes in the form of Frank Cottrell Boyce, Philip Reeve, Josh Lacey, Jamie Thomson who are all nominated alongside Walliams in the 7-14 category. The books are competing for a 2.5k award in each category and the winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on 6 November. The prize is administered by the charity Booktrust.

Mel Giedroyc; the author and Guardian columnist currently sitting on the judging panel had this to say about the awards: “To laugh with a book is a very special kind of laugh indeed … it's an intimate kind of laugh which says 'this is my very own private laugh and it's mine, all mine!' People envy you this laugh, they are deeply curious about it, and they wish the laugh belonged to them too. It's a sheer privilege to tap into some great laughs from some fantastic books."


Alfred Hitchcock And Roald Dahl Turned Down Queen's Honours


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Legendary director Alfred Hitchcock, author Roald Dahl and artist Lucian Freud are among the famous faces who have previously rejected honours from British monarch Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen presents her list of honourees twice every year, acknowledging the public service of the most prominent British and Commonwealth citizens in a variety of fields, including entertainment, industry and government.

But not everyone holds the accolade in high regard, and more than 250 people - including sculptor Henry Moore, painter Francis Bacon and Brideshead Revisted author Evelyn Waugh - have snubbed the opportunity to be recognised by the monarch, according to newly-released government documents.

Psycho filmmaker Hitchcock turned down an award in 1962, although he later relented and accepted a knighthood prior to his death in 1980.

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Royal Mail Unveil A New Set Of Stamps Celebrating The Work Of Children's Author Roald Dahl, Which Are Available From Post Offices From Tuesday, 10 January (12). The Stamps Feature Some Of Roald Dahl's Greatest Works, Including Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, James And The Giant Peach And The Twits

Roald Dahl and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Monday 9th January 2012 Royal Mail unveil a new set of stamps celebrating the work of children's author Roald Dahl, which are available from Post Offices from Tuesday, 10 January (12). The stamps feature some of Roald Dahl's greatest works, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach and The Twits UK

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Roald Dahl and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

Picture - Dahl & Cullum Expecting First... London, England, Wednesday 14th October 2009

Sophie Dahl, Jamie Cullum, Roald Dahl and The Pianist - Wednesday 14th October 2009 at Odeon Leicester Square London, England

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Sophie Dahl, Jamie Cullum, Roald Dahl and The Pianist

Cocker Lands Puppet Role In Fox Film


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Former Pulp star Jarvis Cocker is to provide the voice for a puppet in Wes Anderson's new movie adaptation of beloved Roald Dahl tale FANTASTIC MR. Fox.


The Common People singer joins a cast that includes George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray and Willem Dafoe.


Cocker tells The Times newspaper he'll perform "little hoedown number" as Petey, a mandolin-playing marionette.


He adds, "I did a narration bit at the start, too, but they showed that to test audiences in the U.S. and they were very bamboozled. So I've ended up on the cutting-room floor."

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Roald Dahl

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13th September, 1916

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