The Midnight Gang

By David Walliams 
Adapted by Bryony Lavery 
Music & Lyrics by Joe Stilgoe 

Festival Theatre
Family Friendly
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A delight

Evening Standard

Wickedly funny

The Stage

Walliams is every bit a modern Roald Dahl

The i newspaper

A bang on the head during a cricket match at his boarding school has landed twelve-year-old Tom in the children’s ward of the spooky Lord Funt Hospital.

Luckily, he’s not on his own with the child-hating Matron and the scary-looking Porter. George, Amber, Robin and Sally are in there too, and they’re not taking things lying down. When the lights go out and the clock strikes twelve, they’re off. But will they let new boy Tom join their forbidden midnight adventures through the hospital’s labyrinthine realm?

This inventive tale of fun, friendship and the importance of kindness is adapted from David Walliams’s biggest selling children’s book of 2016.

This new stage version is by Bryony Lavery, whose adaptations include Chichester’s hit family shows The Hundred and One Dalmatians (2014) and A Christmas Carol (2015), with music and lyrics by renowned musician and composer Joe Stilgoe (The Jungle Book, 2017).

Director Dale Rooks’s production of Michael Morpurgo’s Running Wild (Festival 2015) won the UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and Young People; she later co-directed the play for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and a UK tour.

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Anarchy and adventure. A satisfying mix of breezy humour and absurdism. The young performers are a delight

Evening Standard

Wickedly funny. A perfect prescription for half term

The Stage

Walliams is every bit a modern Roald Dahl - with adults often evil and children as brave and imaginative as they are vulnerable. The young stars were pretty much faultless

The i newspaper

Warm, instantly engaging, fun, funny and thoroughly enjoyable – but just as importantly it is also profound, intelligent and, amid the laughs, deeply moving.

Chichester Observer

Adults will be having at least as much fun as the children


Will have you floating out of the theatre

Portsmouth News

Belly laugh funny. A rather glorious celebration of imagination, kindness and hope

Sardines Magazine

Cast & Creatives


Cast List

Matthew Cavendish

Dr Luppers

Marilyn Cutts


Jennie Dale


Dickon Gough


Tim Mahendran


Lucy Vandi


Cast - children

Cast List

Rafi Essex


Cerys Hill


Fibian McKenzie


Cody Molko


Tumo Reetsang


Jasmine Sakyiama


Anjali Shah


Cooper Snow


Albie Stisted


Felix Warren


Creative Team

Cast List

Dale Rooks


Simon Higlett


Jennifer Whyte

Musical Director and Orchestrator

James Whiteside

Lighting Designer

Gregory Clarke

Sound Designer

Georgina Lamb

Movement Director

Verity Naughton

Casting Director



Family Tickets

Family Tickets Available

You can get Half Price tickets for up to four Under 16s attending with every full priced paying adult (up to a maximum of 10 tickets). 

Family Ticket discounts (selected performances) will be applied at the checkout page. 

Please note that this discount does not apply to Saturday evenings, Previews or Press Nights or to the lowest two prices in the Festival Theatre. All tickets must be booked and paid for in a single transaction.


Age Guidance 
Age 7+
Running Time
2 hours and 5 minutes including the interval