WORCESTER’S Huntingdon Hall will host a brand new puppetry production of Hansel and Gretel during the Easter holiday.

A spokesman said: “This will be a magical show created by storytelling masters Goody and Storey in collaboration with Norwich Puppet Theatre.

“Journey to a bizarre and enticing kingdom in the woods, presided over by a flamboyant and hungry witch, in this colourful retelling of The Brothers Grimm’s classic fairy tale.”

The spokesman added: “With bold and playful puppets, a beautiful, transformative set, and wonderful new music from Stephen Crowe (“the future of new opera” – The Independent), this is the perfect Easter treat for little ones!

“One of only a few dedicated puppetry organisations in England, Norwich Puppet Theatre have joined with Goody and Storey, a company renowned for their award winning design and penchant for fun, to create a show guaranteed to tickle audiences’ eyes, ears, and taste buds.”

The spokesman said: “Staying true to the original story, Hansel and Gretel contains all the ingredients of a classic fairy tale; a woodcutter, children lost in an enchanted wood, a step-mother, a witch, and an against-all-odds happy ending.”

Creator and performer Jonathan Storey added: “This is the appeal of this traditional tale.

“It is a story that delights in the brilliance of children: through their resilience and imagination they ultimately triumph over the fear and greed of adults, and find their way back to their natural place in a loving home.”

Catch Hansel and Gretel on Saturday April 13 from 11am at Huntingdon Hall, Worcester “to enjoy a celebration of good old-fashioned storytelling".

Set in medieval Germany, the original story of Hansel and Gretel was recorded by the Brothers Grimm from ancient sources, back in 1812. Some scholars believe the original story dates back to the fourteenth century and a time of famine, which explains how young children might find themselves abandoned in a dark wood. It might not explain the witch, however.

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