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Hansel and Gretel

A long time ago, in a country far, far away - somewhere cold, with pine trees...

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On tour now

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"NIE's shows are always a highlight of the Christmas period but this one was really exceptional, a beautiful balance of everything you want in a Christmas performance"

— Audience Member, Cambridge 2023

Our original Christmas show returns to Bristol Tobacco Factory! 28th Nov 2024 - 12th Jan 2025

In the middle of a snow covered forest sits a tiny cottage unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.  It’s roof is made of gingerbread, the door is made of boiled sweets and the windows of clear sugar glaze, but what’s inside…? Step into the forest with us and find out!

Our ensemble cast of five actor/musicians adapt this classic fairytale with a blend of original live music, puppetry and storytelling. This show is a lovely mix of music, magic and joy, which we can’t wait to share with families.

Previous tours

  • Dec 2011Cambridge Junction
  • Dec 2012 to Jan 2013Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol
  • Feb 2013Key Theatre, Peterborough 
  • Dec 2013Mac, Birmingham & Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
  • Autumn 2014Norwegian Tour, remounted by Riksteatret
  • Dec 2023Cambridge Junction

Suitable for ages 5+

Produced by Hansel and Gretel 2012 was created in co-production with the Tobacco Factory Theatre. Original co-production with Cambridge Junction (2011), developed at Battersea Arts Centre

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Press

“full of delights, emotion and social commentary” — Cambridge Independent

“It’s very clever” —  World Stage UK

“Playful and heartbreaking, this is a lovely show from… an ensemble of actor-musicians who have charm oozing from every pore… genuinely enchanting” —  Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“New International Encounter has devised a witty, wintry take on one of the Grimm Brothers’ bleakest tales… with a show that is so entertaining and inventive and provides such pleasure” — WhatsOn Stage

Credits

Cast  Martin Bonger, Joey Hickman, Stefanie Mueller, Abayomi Oniyide, and Samantha Sutherland

Director Alex Byrne

Musical Director & Composer Elliot Davis

Lighting Designer Trui Malten

Production Designer Stefanie Mueller

Movement Director Kasia Zaremba-Byrne

Story Consultant Rena Vergano

Producer Ruth Carter-Moore

Previous Cast Unai Lopez de Armentia, Rew Lowe, Mia Hawk, Elliot Davis, David Osmond

Musical collaboration by the cast.

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