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Rachel Kelly (Hansel) and Susanna Hurrell (Gretel) in rehearsals for Hansel and Gretel. Photo Johan Persson

Rachel Kelly (Hansel) and Susanna Hurrell (Gretel) in rehearsals for Hansel and Gretel. Photo Johan Persson

In rehearsal: Hansel And Gretel

Eleni Cashell

By Eleni Cashell First Published 4 June 2019, Last Updated 4 June 2019

We’ve got a treat that’s sweeter than the house made from candy and cake which tempted Hansel and Gretel in the first place; pictures from the upcoming show’s rehearsal room by Johan Persson.

Rachel Kelly (Hansel) and Susanna Hurrell (Gretel) in rehearsals for Hansel and Gretel. Photo Johan Persson (2)Rachel Kelly (Hansel) and Susanna Hurrell (Gretel)

Elizabeth Karani (Gretel) in rehearsals for Hansel and Gretel at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Photo Johan Persson

Rosie Aldridge (Mother) and Duncan Rock (Father) in rehearsals for Hansel and Gretel. Photo Johan PerssonRosie Aldridge (Mother) and Duncan Rock (Father)

Gillian Keith (Sandman) in rehearsals for Hansel and Gretel at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Photo Johan PerssonGillian Keith (Sandman)

Gweneth Ann Rand (Mother) and Ben McAteer (Father) in rehearsals for Hansel and Gretel. Photo Johan PerssonGweneth Ann Rand (Mother) and Ben McAteer (Father)

Based on the Grimm Brother’s well-known fairytale about two children lured into a witch’s house in the forest,  this production has a unique twist to it. It’ll be Engelbert Humperdinck’s operatic version, sung in English.

For the second time, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and English National Opera are combining forces and creating this unique production together.

There will be two alternating casts, which will include seven lead performers, an ensemble of 30, and an orchestra of 19, plus conductor. The lead role of Hansel and Gretel are played by Rachel Kelly and Heather Lowe as Hansel, and Susanna Hurrell and Elizabeth Karani as Gretel.

Heather Lowe (Hansel) in rehearsals for Hansel and Gretel at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre.. Photo Johan PerssonHeather Lowe (Hansel)

Duncan Rock (Father) in rehearsals for Hansel and Gretel at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Photo Johan PerssonDuncan Rock (Father)

Ben Glassberg (Conductor) in rehearsals for Hansel and Gretel at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Photo Johan PerssonBen Glassberg (Conductor)

John Findon (Witch) in rehearsals for Hansel and Gretel at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Photo Johan PerssonJohn Findon (Witch)

He Wu (Dew Fairy) in wig fitting with Carole Hancock in rehearsals for Hansel and Gretel. Photo Johan PerssonHe Wu (Dew Fairy) in wig fitting with Carole Hancock.

Alasdair Elliott (Witch) in rehearsals for Hansel and Gretel at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Photo Johan PerssonAlasdair Elliott (Witch)

Timothy Sheader (Director) and Ben Glassberg (Conductor) in rehearsals for Hansel and Gretel. Photo Johan PerssonTimothy Sheader (Director) and Ben Glassberg (Conductor)

Mother is played by Rosie Aldridge and Gweneth Ann Rand, and Father by Duncan Rock and Ben McAteer. Alasdair Elliott and John Findon share the role of the Witch. Gillian Keith takes the role of the Sandman at all performances, with He Wu as the Dew Fairy.

The large number of people working on this single show makes it the Open Air Theatre’s largest company.

Hansel And Gretel opens at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre on Monday 14 June. Tickets available now.

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