Review: Hansel and Gretel at Norwich Puppet Theatre
- Credit: Archant
Of all the children's fairy tales collected by the Grimm brothers, Hansel & Gretel has always struck me as the least horrifying. Yes, I suppose the witch goes in the oven, and of course there are scary things in the woods. But the story is chiefly memorable for its ginger bread house and the children's bravery in saving their poverty stricken parents.
Horse + Bamboo Theatre has come up with a beautiful piece of puppetry based on the old tale. I can't imagine that you will see anything more enchanting this season than the badgers, deer and rabbits so wonderfully brought to life as the children set out on their journey.
However, the witches, bad dreams and predatory creatures that lurk in the shadows of the book are vivid as daylight here. Various ingenious devices make them more terrifying than ever before, as they are exquisitely drawn and projected each side of the elaborate booth, or pop out at you in lurid clarity from behind closed windows.
Some might find this all too scary, but if your family likes a good fright, then it's the Christmas treat for you – it really is bewitching.
- 1 'Squatter' couple become legal owners of land as saga continues
- 2 Weather warning issued as wintry showers expected to cause icy conditions
- 3 Teenager admits stabbing three people in Norwich city centre
- 4 Man stopped 504 people from getting jabs after gluing vaccine centre locks
- 5 'Oh God almighty, this woman!' - Zoom council meeting descends into chaos
- 6 Case of Omicron Covid variant confirmed in north Norfolk
- 7 MP 'not concerned' about single Omicron case in north Norfolk
- 8 More than 80 Norfolk parishes protest against wind farm plans
- 9 Boss 'gutted' after scenes cut from Ed Balls' Who Do You Think You Are?
- 10 Tributes paid to much-loved family man who died in A143 crash