Kneehigh brings tempting seasonal treat to Southbank

Published September 17, 2010

Fairytales are in high demand on London’s South Bank. While summer saw Into The Hoods staged at the Southbank Centre, this winter Kneehigh’s Hansel And Gretel will bring a touch of magic to the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

As ever with the Cornish theatre company’s unique brand of performance, this promises to be a Hansel And Gretel unlike anything ever seen before.

In this adaptation of the famous forest-based fairytale, Hansel is bookish and Gretel is a bit of an inventor, while the wicked witch with a taste for cooked children comes complete with her own Bolivian condor. Performed on an adventure playground set, with lederhosen-clad musicians and some rather unlucky rabbits and chickens, the production sounds as intriguing as a cake made entirely of sweets.

“The show will be tender and terrifying… a celebration of human survival and our ability to find our way home,” said director Mike Shepherd. “We will honour the story rather than subvert; adaptation will come through the creative team.”

Hansel And Gretel, which runs from 16 December to 1 January, is written by Carl Grose who also plays both the Father and the Witch. It also stars Kneehigh regulars Edith Tankus, Chris Price and Joanna Holden.

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