NEWS: Chiswick Playhouse Announce Hansel and Gretel as Festive Production

The production will run at the theatre from the 4th December until the 4th January 2020.

Chiswick Playhouse has announced that it will be presenting a reimagined take on the classic fairytale Hansel and Gretel this Christmas.

Featuring a book and lyrics by Orlando Wells and music and lyrics by Leon Parris, this production of Hansel and Gretel takes audiences on an exciting adventure from the realm of computer games and social media to a charming forest with a tap-dancing cockroach, lollipops and a candy cane house made of cake and sweets.

‘Once there was a brother and sister, and they lived by a motorway that curled around the city like a wall. Few people strayed beyond this barrier for beyond was a forest of silver trees and silence that their stepmother called, The Forest of the Dead…’

So begins Chiswick Playhouse’s irresistible production of Hansel and Gretel. This children’s adventure will take the audience far from their city life, their Xboxes and Insta likes, into a world of lollipop houses, tap-dancing cockroaches and a witch with a penchant for single use plastic and the only remaining sustainable food source: children.

This new production is inspired by environmental and
climate activist Greta Thunberg as the children take to the streets to combat the climate crisis and save their future.

It is directed by Lucy Jane Atkinson who said: “I’m thrilled to be directing such a hilarious and timely new take on this classic story as part of the first season at Chiswick Playhouse. It’s a beautiful space and I’m honoured to be part of an incredible team of creatives bringing this magical show to life.”

Hansel and Gretel will play at the Chiswick Playhouse from the 4th December until the 4th January 2020.

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