The classic tale of James and the Giant Peach takes to the stage tonight in a celebration of the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth.

The play, which runs until Saturday night (Oct 29), has been adapted by Olivier award-nominated writer David Wood. Of Goodnight Mister Tom, Unicorn Theatre.

He says: “I am delighted that the Hertfordshire County Youth Theatre will be celebrating Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday, producing my adaptation of James and the Giant Peach. I’m sure it will be as much fun as their production of Fantastic Mr Fox.”

The show is directed by Watford Palace Theatre’s participation resident director James Williams, who says: “This year’s crop of familiar and new faces makes up a brilliantly talented and lively young company to bring these much-loved characters to life. I can’t wait to see their performances on stage, breathing new life into an extraordinary story of escapism and magical adventure.”

Each year Hertfordshire County Youth Theatre works with young actors from Hertfordshire in an annual production at Watford Palace Theatre, previous productions have included:  Fantastic Mr Fox, Peter Pan and Frankenstein.

The production of James and the Giant Peach, which is suitable for children of all ages, as well as adults, is supported by Hertfordshire County Council.

Watford Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Road, Watford, WD17 1JZ, Thursday, October 27, 6pm, Friday, October 28, 2pm and 6pm, and Saturday, October 29, 2pm and 6pm. Details: 01923 235455