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Danny, The Champion Of The World To Mark 100th 'Birthday'
The 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the country's best-loved authors is to be celebrated in style with a special open-air theatre show this summer.

Fans of Roald Dahl, who was born in September 1916 but sadly died in November 1990, will be able to see a one-off performance of Danny, the Champion of the World in Dosthill Park, Tamworth, on Saturday 2 July.

Danny, The Champion of the World
Danny, The Champion of the World to mark Roald Dahl centenary

And, as an added incentive to see the work of the famous storyteller in his centenary year, fans will be able to buy tickets at a reduced price on March 3 to commemorate World Book Day.

Tickets to see Roald Dahl's Danny, the Champion of the World performed outdoors would normally cost 8 for adults or 6 concessions but will be available during World Book Day for just 5 when purchased online or through the box office.

Dosthill Park
Dosthill Park staged its first open air theatre in 2015 with the Tales of Peter Rabbit

The performance in Dosthill Park is being performed by the award-winning open-air theatre company, Illyria, who have been described as one of the country's foremost interpreters of Roald Dahl's work. Illyria has secured the rights to its fifth Dahl title as the touring company enters its 25th anniversary year.

Danny, the Champion of the World, which Dahl wrote in 1975, tells the story of young Danny, who lives with his father in a caravan.

Roald Dahl
Master storyteller Roald Dahl in 1982 (credit Wikipedia)

When Danny turns nine, he is devastated to discover his father's secret passion for pheasant poaching on the estate of the nasty landowner, Victor Hazell.

One night, Danny wakes to find his father has not returned from a night of poaching and, fearing he may be in danger, sets off on a rescue mission.

Adapted by David Wood, Illyria promises a magnificent, funny and heart-warming story, perfectly suited to the open air.

Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl's gypsy caravan where he wrote Danny, The Champion of the World (credit Wikipedia)

Deputy Leader of Tamworth Borough Council, Councillor Robert Pritchard, said: "This year marks the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl so it is very fitting that we have been able to secure the acclaimed Illyria with this timely production. I grew up reading Roald Dahl books and his work still forms a major part of reading at school."
"As World Book Day is also coming up we thought it would be great to celebrate the global event by offering audiences a special deal for the summer Roald Dahl performance."

Tickets are available online here, in person from Tamworth Tourist Information Centre in Corporation Street or by calling the Box Office on 01827 709618. A transaction fee of 1 is payable on all online and telephone bookings.
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Why? See The Master Storyteller's Work In Open Air
When: 2 July 2016
Phone: 01827 709618
Where: Dosthill Park, Blackwood Road, Dosthill, Tamworth, Staffordshire B77 1LL
Cost: 8 adults, 6 concessions
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