Champion double bill for all children

A scene from Danny the Champion of the World.
A scene from Danny the Champion of the World.

THERE will be double the fun at Lancaster’s Grand Theatre next week, when a production featuring both Babe the Sheep-Pig and Danny the Champion of the World arrives.

The Lancaster Footlights play runs from Tuesday, July 3 until Friday, July 6.

Babe the Sheep-Pig is a play by David Wood, adapted from the hugely-popular book by Dick King-Smith.

The fabulous farmyard adventure features an adorable piglet who grows up among sheep and sheepdogs.

Under the guidance of sheepdog Fly, Babe learns how to herd sheep, and Farmer Hogget is so impressed that he enters Babe into a sheepdog trial.

But can a pig beat real sheepdogs?

Roald Dahl classic Danny the Champion of the World has also been adapted by David Wood.

Danny lives with his widowed father, William, in a gypsy caravan next to the filling station and garage which William operates.

Danny discovers that his father goes poaching on the estate of local landowner Mr Hazell, who once threatened Danny, and consequently William refused to serve him.

One night, Danny notices that his father is missing, and goes to look for him, and finds him in a pit with a broken ankle.

Danny takes him home, where he is treated by Dr Spencer – a friend and fellow poacher.

Discovering that Mr Hazell is planning to host a pheasant-shoot to impress the gentry, Danny plans to humiliate him by luring the pheasants away from the estate, so there will be nothing to shoot.

The plan succeeds and Danny is finally hailed as Champion of the World.

The double production starts at 7pm, except on Saturday, when the show kicks off at 2.30pm.

Tickets cost £9/£8 from Wednesday to Friday, and £7 on Tuesday and Saturday.