Wolves on Stage!

The Wolves Progress - Poster

  Here is the first opportunity to see Russ Tunney’s brilliant adaptation of  Joan Aiken’s The Wolves of Willoughby Chase live on stage since it was published as a Nick Hern playscript earlier this year.

Originally performed by a cast of five unbelievably quick change artists for a very successful tour around Southern England by Forest Forge Theatre company, this lively, funny, scary and above all faithfully Aiken adaptation is coming to The Progress Theatre Reading, for a couple of weeks only this month from 16th to the 25th of January – tickets going like hot cakes so if you are anywhere near Reading, England do book now!

Booking details here!

Crammed into this incredibly fast moving show we see Dickensian scenes of London, the terrifying pursuit over the snowy wastes by Wolves of our two hapless heroines, villainy and skulduggery galore with a brace of beastly villains, and best of all the unbelievable

Cheese Alphabet!

Using all the tongue in cheek humour of the original story with its gothic thrills and adventures, Russ has also added some ‘more than Aiken’ touches of his own – including the deliciously ridiculous  alphabet recited by the starving orphans in the dreadful Blastburn School run by beastly Mrs Brisket. When the school inspector comes to call they are dragged to their feet to recite:

MRS BRISKET. Show the nice man from from Ofsted our advanced literacy: The Cheese Alphabet!


CHILDREN. A is for Applewood Smoked, B is for Brie, C is

for Cheshire, D is for Davidstow, E is for Edam, F is for Feta

(or Fromage), G is for Gruyère, H is for Halloumi, I is for

Ibérico, J is for Jarlsberg, K is for Klosterkäse, L is for

Leicester (red), M is for Mascarpone, Manchego or

Monterey Jack, N is for Neufchâtel, O is for Orkney Extra

Mature, P is for Parmesan, Q is for Queso Jalapeño, R is for

Raclette, S is for Stilton, T is for Tasmania Highland Chevre

Log, U is for Ubriaco, V is for Vacherin Fribourgeois, W is

for Wensleydale, X is for Xynotyro, Y is for Yorkshire Blue,

and Z is for Zanetti Grana Padano.


INSPECTOR. Incredible! They really know their cheeses!


MRS BRISKET. Thank you, Inspector. We do, here at the

Brisket Blastburn Academy for Girls, concentrate on the

three R’s. Reading, Writing and Really tasty snacks.

  An absolute delight! – the Stage review of the première says it all:  “A gift for any company as family entertainment… a glorious snuggle down and enjoy Christmas present of a production that will charm children and adults alike.”



4 thoughts on “Wolves on Stage!

  1. ‘Reading, Writing & Really Tasty Snacks’! That sounds a wonderfully crazy addition, and quite in keeping. Lucky anyone who can get to see it – a bit to far away for me, sadly.


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