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Hansel and Gretel - National Theatre (Cottesloe)

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THIS Christmas, the National Theatre is presenting Hansel and Gretel for children aged 7 to 10. Directed by Katie Mitchell, it opens in the Cottesloe on December 13, 2012 (previews from December 7) before continuing in repertoire.

Written by Lucy Kirkwood and devised by Katie Mitchell and Lucy Kirkwood, Hansel and Gretel is based on the story by the Brothers Grimm in which two children are lost in the woods and follow a trail of breadcrumbs to a bewitching house made of sweets…

The production will be designed by Vicki Mortimer, with lighting by Jon Clark, movement by Joseph Alford, music by Paul Clark, sound by Gareth Fry and puppet design by Toby Olié.

Following The Cat in the Hat and Beauty and the Beast (nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Entertainment), Katie Mitchell returns to the National Theatre to stage the classic fairytale.

She will once again collaborate with Lucy Kirkwood and designer Vicki Mortimer to conjure the world of Hansel and Gretel in an ‘intimate and magical’ new production especially suitable for 7 – 10-year-olds.

The cast includes Ruby Bentall, Kate Duchêne, Dylan Kennedy, Justin Salinger and Amit Shah.