Theatr Clwyd brings a whole new take on Hansel & Gretel

August 29, 2018 by

Theatr Clwyd is presenting Hansel & Gretel: Fairytale Detectives as the award-winning venue’s Christmas show for under 11s and their families.

The show, a co-production between Theatr Clwyd and Paperfinch Theatre, is based on the Brothers Grimm tale and is being created as an immersive Christmas adventure for families.

This joins the previously announced Dick Whittington – The Purrrrrfect Rock ‘N’ Roll Panto, written by the award-winning Christian Patterson and directed by Zoë Waterman and Llew a’r Crydd, Theatr Clwyd and Pontio’s first co-production written and directed by Emyr John.

Artistic Director Tamara Harvey said today, “Paperfinch, led by the extraordinary Joe Bunce, make shows that leave you feeling that the world is just a little bit more magical than you ever realised before. Our team at Theatr Clwyd have already started stitching and hammering, scheming and plotting, we’re meeting actors around the country this week and soon we’ll be holding workshops for our community company so that together we can create another wondrous adventure for the festive season.”

Joe Bunce, Paperfinch Theatre’s Artistic Director, will write and direct Hansel & Gretel. He commented, “It will be performed in promenade through studios, workshops and dressing rooms across Theatr Clwyd. The adaptation transports the famous folktale siblings to Grimm City, a noir-inspired metropolis inhabited by storybook characters from Old King Cole to Humpty Dumpty. When a wicked witch wreaks havoc across the town our audiences are invited to track villains, wear cunning disguises and team-up with the Fairytale Detectives. Come and join us!”





A Theatr Clwyd and Paperfinch Theatre co-production

Friday 14 December – Sunday 6 January


Written and Directed by Joe Bunce

There’s evil afoot in Grimm City.

Humpty’s cracking, Rapunzel’s in a tangle and Weasel went pop without a trace. Fairytales are going missing and there are whispers of a witch on the loose. With cunning disguises, magnifying glasses and a briefcase full of breadcrumbs, Hansel and Gretel gather a team of folklore friends to solve these nursery rhyme crimes.

Dust for prints, crack codes and chase down suspects in this immersive Christmas adventure for under 11s and their families. .


Main image:  The Robot from the Theatr Clwyd/Paperfinch’s  The Nutcracker in 2016, their first co-production


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