Hansel and Gretel


    In December 2012 Tobacco Factory Theatres joined forces with international award-winning theatre company New International Encounter to bring you an enchanting show that transformed the Factory into a magical winter woodland. Adapting the classic fairytale Hansel and Gretel with a mix of brilliantly fun live music, clowning, humour, language and storytelling, this was a wonderful Christmas show for all the family.

    In the middle of a cold, dark forest Hansel and Gretel are lost and hungry. But as they sit, shivering, they glimpse a tiny cottage through the trees… a cottage that’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Its roof is made of gingerbread, the walls are made of chocolate cake, the door is made of boiled sweets and the windows of clear sugar glaze, but what’s inside? This Christmas, follow Hansel and Gretel into the frozen forest and find out.

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    Farrows Creative


    See more about the New International Encounter’s current work over on their website.

    RUNNING TIME 2hrs (inc. interval)
    ORIGINAL VENUE Factory Theatre

    Cast and Creative

    Creative team

    Director – Alex Bryne
    Assistant Director – Fiona Mikel
    Associate Director – Rich Rusk
    Designer – Stefanie Mueller
    Lighting Designer – Anna Barett
    Musical Director – Carly Davis


    Hansel – Unai Lopez De Armentia
    Gretel – Stefanie Mueller
    Stepmother – Mia Hawk
    Father – Rew Lowe
    Witch – Carley Davis

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    Farrows Creative


    Everyone is held in the spell of this small but genuinely enchanting show

    The Guardian

    With bright as a button humour, clever use of puppets to double to title characters and European folk music played by the talented multinational cast

    The Stage

    It is impossible not to be drawn in by this very thoughtful, self-aware performance that has been crafted to look just like we are watching it being crafted. It is immediate, truthfully observed and shows real heart and energy

    Total Theatre

    NIE serves up a feast of fun, theatre, music and laughter for the whole family