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A Festive Feast of Entertainment in Hansel & Gretel at the Stephen Joseph Theatre

Hansel and Gretel rehearsal

This Christmas the breadcrumb trail leads to the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough where the cast of Hansel and Gretel are busy in rehearsals for a feast of a show.

Mike Kenny's unique adaptation will be brought to life in the theatre’s intimate in-the-round setting and features an acapella soundtrack composed by Oli Steadman from the band Stornoway.

The enchanting tale can be seen from 10 to 27 December with Peter Basham and Elinor Lawless as the sweet-toothed brother and sister, Eithne Browne as the mother and Wicked Witch and Jamie Chapman as the father and a giant mouse.

Chocolate log? Give it to the dog.
Bangers and mash? I get a rash.
Beans on toast? I hate the most.
Shepherds pie? I'd rather die.

It's dinner time and a family gathers round the table but today, instead of the usual grumbling about the food, they begin to tell the tale of Hansel and Gretel. The story comes to life as Mum's knitting becomes a witch's outfit, the tea cosy a mouse and Mum, Dad, and their two children sing, laugh, quake and cry their way through Grimm's famous tale. It's a positive feast of festivities and the happy ending comes just in time for Christmas pudding!

So get in the mood for a banquet of food.
For the eyes and the ears there'll be laughter and tears.

Hansel and Gretel is directed by Henry Bell following previous productions of Neville’s Island, Slipping and Screenplay at the Stephen Joseph Theatre. He said:

"We've had a fantastic start to rehearsals; it’s a pleasure to be working with such a talented cast and Oli Steadman whose songs really bring out the storytelling of Mike Kenny's script. Together with the Bavarian-inspired design by Lucy Weller, we can't wait for people to see it this Christmas."

Hansel and Gretel can be seen at the Stephen Joseph Theatre from Thursday 10 to Sunday 27 December. Tickets, priced from £9 for children, £15 for adults and family tickets from £40, are available online at and from the box office on 01723 370541. Suitable for ages 5+.

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