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Matt Green, Ed Waters and Elizabeth Bower in Nothampton Theatre Royal’s 2004 production of Hansel and Gretel.

Hansel and Gretel (Porter)

Grimm Brothers, authors
Phil Porter, playwright
Martin Ward, composer


69 pgs. 5 female, 4 male
Originally produced by Northampton Theatre Royal, UK in 2004
Run Time: 90 minutes
Audience Recommendation: All Ages


A kindly but impoverished woodcutter, with aspirations of becoming a chef, dwells on the edge of a forest with his hideous, flatulent new wife and his two children, dim-witted Hansel and plucky Gretel. Keen not to share the home-cooked dinners, the horrid stepmother leads the children deep into the forest and leaves them for dead. But as luck would have it, the starving, frightened pair stumbles across a house made out of gingerbread with a welcoming light in the windows…

“A near-perfect piece of Christmas theatre… full of passionate and poignant family politics, hopes, dreams, fun, fear, laughter, beauty, and a fierce, youthful sense of justice.” – The Scotsman, UK

“This good-looking show with a heart provides the whole gamut of guffaws, from the endearing chuckles of the very young to the laughter of grown-ups.” – The Courier, UK

“A one-stop Christmas shop for brash, colorful laughs, flamboyant performances and that real Christmas magic… Gob-smacking!” – Metro, UK

Classroom Reading Fee: $50 per classroom, per semester
Amateur/Educational Royalty Fee: $75 per performance
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