Orchestras

Licensing information for orchestral adaptations of Roald Dahl's stories including Revolting Rhymes, The Minpins and Dirty Beasts

Joanna Lumley at the premiere of Roald Dahl's Jack and the Beanstalk at the Royal Albert Hall
  • Joanna Lumley at the premiere of Roald Dahl's Jack and the Beanstalk at the Royal Albert Hall
  • Danny DeVito at the premiere of Roald Dahl's Jack and the Beanstalk at the Royal Albert Hall

Several of Roald Dahl's stories, poems and comic verse have been adapted for the orchestral stage, most notably verses from Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts and also The Minpins, Roald Dahl's final story, which was published shortly after his death.

These works are available for narrator and orchestral groups to perform - follow the links given below for information on how to apply for a license and hire materials.

Revolting Rhymes

All six poems from Roald's collection of comic verse are available to license. Each piece is around 30 minutes long and features music by a living composer, with text adapted by Roald's biographer Donald Sturrock.

Dirty Beasts


The most recent of the Roald Dahl Music Commissions, composer Benjamin Wallfisch's orchestral adaptations of four of the Dirty Beasts poems received their World Premiere in front of nearly 5,000 school children at the Royal Festival Hall in 2013. 

The Minpins

The Minpins is an adaptation of Roald Dahl's last story. It is narrated over a score taken from the orchestral music of Sibelius, and received a rapturous reception at its premiere in St. Petersburg in 1996.

Since then, it has been presented in Germany, Australia, France and the UK. In 2015 it will be presented by the Finnish National Opera as part of their celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Sibelius's birth. 

The Roald Dahl Music Commissions are managed by Music Link International and help to support the work of Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity.

Revolting Rhymes for schools

The Roald Dahl Music Commissions benefit Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity