top of page



Music by Paul Patterson

Text adapted by Donald Sturrock


For narrator/s and symphony orchestra

20 minutes

Published by Josef Weinberger

"A resounding success... a welcome addition to the youth repertoire."
Opera Magazine

Our musical versions of the Revolting Rhymes end as they began with a commission from Paul Patterson, which was premiered in Basel in 2004, by the Basel Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Howard Griffiths. Roald Dahl's version of The Three Little Pigs is subversive in the extreme and contains a series of dark, gruesome and outrageously comic twists. Its first performances drew rapturous applause from its Swiss audiences and glowing reviews from the press.


Symphony Orchestra 


Chamber Orchestra Narrator/Picc.

Wind Quintet


Wind Quintet, String Quintet and Piano

Wind Quintet and Piano

Optional audience participation...


German, Swiss German, Welsh


Basel Symphony Orchestra (Griffiths) 

LPO (David Angus)


 A and C Black Schools Musical version (2007)


For more about Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes:



Basel Symphony Orchestra/Griffiths

Basel, 2004



London Philharmonic Orchestra/Briger

Royal Festival Hall, 2005


The piece has been performed in various different orchestrations, including Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Wind Quintet and Piano and Wind Quintet.


Recently the piece was toured by Ballet Cymru alongside Patterson's other Roald Dahl work, Little Red Riding Hood. 

The Three Little Pigs - Theater Gnaffel / Cambridge Philharmonic
© Quentin Blake
© Quentin Blake
The Magnard Ensemble

The Magnard Ensemble

The wonderful Magnard Ensemble toured The Three Little Pigs around the UK throughout 2016 in celebration of Roald Dahl's Centenary. See below for a video.

Theatre Gnaffel

Theatre Gnaffel

The award winning Dutch puppeteers at Theatre Gnaffel perform their mad-cap take on Three Little Pigs in the UK with the Cambridge Philharmonic.

Ballet Cymru

Ballet Cymru

"Darius James and Amy Doughty have created choreography that uses the simplest of means to capture imaginatively the wit of Dahl’s verse and the charm of Paul Patterson’s music" The Dancing Times Photo © John Bishops

Ballet Cymru

Ballet Cymru

Since 2012 Ballet Cymru have toured their wonderful two-hander of Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood. See below for a clip. Photo © John Bishops

The Three Little Pigs - The Magnard Ensemble

Wigmore Hall, December 2015

The Three Little Pigs - Ballet Cymru 2012

Promo Trailer

The Three Little Pigs - Quercus Ensemble 2015


bottom of page