NEWS: Pop Up Opera to Present Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel

The latest production from Pop Up Opera will bring to life Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, touring from the 21st September. 

Pop-Up Opera - Hansel and Gretel

Humperdinck’s dark version of this classic fairytale will be performed in some unusual and unique spaces across the UK to thrill audiences.

Brother and sister Hansel & Gretel are drawn into the idyllic yet dangerous world of the forest, where they encounter the Sandman, the Dew Fairy and, most frightening of all, the Witch. In the dizzying excitement of the Witch’s Ride and the serene beauty of the children’s evening prayer, Humperdinck’s music magically evokes the contrasting worlds of the story.

Sung in German and featuring Pop Up Opera’s signature silent movie’ captions in English, Hansel and Gretel will bring these fairytale characters to life.

Director James Hurley said: “Hansel and Gretel is the perfect fairy tale opera experience, packed full of humour, suspense, and danger. It offers some unique theatrical challenges – how to create an enchanted forest, build a gingerbread house, or burn a witch! This production will conjure up an ingenious, fully-integrated scenic world, which stays true to Pop-Up’s immersive charm.”

The tour dates for the production are as follows:

21st – 22nd Sept Thames Tunnel Shaft, London,

26th – 29th Sept The Minack Theatre, Cornwall,

5th Oct Hellens Manor, Herefordshire,

7th Oct Black Mountains Barn, Hereford,

10th Oct V&A Museum of Childhood, London

14th Oct Vera Fletcher Hall, Thames Ditton, Surrey,

Sun 15th Oct East Finchley Arts Festival, London

19th Oct London Museum of Water and Steam,

21st Oct Anne of Cleves, Braintree, Essex

25th Oct The Regal Theatre, Somerset,

27th Oct The Farrington Theatre, Port Regis School, Dorset

1st Nov The International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester, 7

2nd Nov Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

4th Nov Harpenden Hall, Harpenden,

5th Nov Asylum Peckham, London

11th – 12th Nov Court Gardens Farm, East Sussex,

14th Nov Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

18th – 19th Nov V&A Museum, London

Cast for the production will include: Polly Leech, Sofia Larsson, Peter James Harrison G Ailsa Mainwaring and  Rebecca Moon.

Pop Up Opera’s production of Hansel & Gretel will perform at venues across the UK from the 21st September. For more information visit:

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