Saturday, 31 December 2011

"Ten Best Theatre" in The Independent: Hansel & Gretel

It was great to see Hansel & Gretel listed in The Independent as one of the "Ten Best Theatre" shows today.

Wishing everyone a very happy new year, and we look forward to celebrating the start of 2012 with the final four shows on Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 January in Cambridge!

If you are elsewhere in Europe though, there is still plenty of time to catch our co-production with Kopergietery in Ghent. Twist is playing at the venue throughout January, and you can then catch it on tour - click here for more details!

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Four star review from The Guardian for Hansel & Gretel

“A folksy affair, done with just the right touch of nastiness and warm-hearted playfulness… much to enjoy for all members of the family”★★★★ Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

We have had a brilliant time making and playing Hansel & Gretel to thousands of school children and families throughout the run so far at The Junction, Cambridge.

On a bumper show day of 3 shows to packed audiences, Director of Hansel & Gretel, Alex Byrne reflects on the experience:

We have been thrilled at the amount of newspaper coverage for the show, and really chuffed at a four star review in The Guardian for Hansel & Gretel:

For the full review, please click here

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Opening night & the first set of reviews are in for Hansel & Gretel!!

Yesterday marked another big milestone for us – opening night for Hansel and Gretel in Cambridge. Setting the stage, the theatre foyer was transformed into a winter wonderland complete with fake snow, pine cones and real gingerbread (this is Hansel and Gretel after all!) meanwhile the scent of mulled wine filled the air teasing guests, press and audience goers who had assembled for the show ...

This morning we woke to the first set of reviews for the show. Here are some of our favourite quotes...

“With its European folk songs, physical inventiveness and clever use of puppetry... this is far from being a traditional panto”
Andrew Aldridge, The Stage

“This is one magical journey worth making in all weathers and will warm the heart on even the coldest December night”
Glen Pearce, ***** Public Reviews

"A deeply funny fairytale, tinged with pathos... the perfect embodiment of less is more"
Eleanor Turney, A Younger Theatre.

“A magical show which ventures deep into the traditions of storytelling, Hansel and Gretel is a delight for all ages and an intelligent alternative to the gaudy glitz which can often obscure the humble wonders of Christmas”
Jennifer Shelton, Cambridge News

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Guardian theatre tips - Hansel & Gretel

We were really pleased to be mention in Lyn Gardner's tips for The Guardian on shows to see in the week coming up, and an image from the show for Hansel & Gretel:

Can't wait until we open on Wednesday 7th in Cambridge!

Final rehearsals for Hansel & Gretel (UK)

We did a run through of the show today - its shaping up to be a great show, but still needs a bit of editing to make it around 60 minutes running time. A few shots below from the run through:

Hansel & Gretel with their Father (and Stepmother)

Hansel collecting pebbles to find their way home

Explaining the plan to Gretel....

Finding their way back home

In the Witch's House

Hansel being fattened up to be eaten!