Jack and the Beanstalk

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  • Musical work commissioned by Roald Dahl Foundation in 1996
  • Composed by Latvian composer Georgs Pelecis
  • Libretto by Donald Sturrock
  • Performances:
    • World premiere at Royal Festival Hall, London, December 1996
      • Conducted by Peter Ash
      • Performed by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
      • Cast: Danny DeVito, Joanna Lumley and Simon Callow
    • US premiere at Ujima Theatre, Buffalo, New York, 1999

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Jack and the Beanstalk was premiered in the Royal Albert Hall in December 1996 to a packed and excited audience of 6,000 people, with an all-star cast including Danny DeVito, Joanna Lumley and Simon Callow. The piece was broadcast nationally on Classic FM. It is based on Roald Dahl’s version of a traditional fairy-tale from his comic verse collection, Revolting Rhymes. The music is by the Latvian Georgs Pelecis whose work has been championed by many distinguished musicians including Gidon Kremer and Alexei Lyubimov.