Celebrating its 10th anniversary summer season of promenade theatre, Iris Theatre has announced that it will be performing Macbeth and Hansel & Gretel and the Witch Baba Yaga.
The theatre company’s double bill of Shakespeare and Brothers Grimm will be presented in the company’s signature style at St Paul’s, the actor’s church in Covent Garden, between 21st June and 3rd September.
Artistic Director Daniel Winder will open the season with a production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth (21st June -29th July) , which will star David Hywel Baynes in the title role and take audiences on a horrifying journey into the mind of a murderer. The production will see audiences weave their way around the grounds of St Paul’s Church.
Returning to Iris Theatre after three years, David Hywel Baynes said: “Getting the chance to come back and work on my favourite play with the Iris family was a no-brainer. The environment surrounding Iris during the summer season is like no other. ”
Meanwhile, Daniel Winder has also written the new family show Hansel & Gretel and the Witch Baba Yaga, which plays at the church from the 3rd August.
This production will include an actual life-sized (and edible) gingerbread house, as Hansel and Gretel travel deep into a dark and forbidden forest. Set to delight curious young and older audiences, the immersive fairytale will feature a number of magical beasts as you weave your way around the grounds.
Winder said: “This anniversary year promises to be full of witches and wonder, magic and mayhem. Working across the two shows, as writer of one and director of the other, will mean digging deep into the morally ambiguous world of witches; agents of female power pushed to the boundaries of a patriarchal world.”
Iris Theatre’s 10th anniversary summer season will run between 21st June until the 3rd September. For more information and to book tickets visit: http://iristheatre.com/.