Hansel and Gretel at Chiswick Playhouse

London theatre news: Tuesday 5 November 2019

Christmas shows - Off-West End

Chiswick Playhouse brings an enchanting, reimagined take on the classic tale of Hansel and Gretel to the stage this festive season featuring a dazzling original soundtrack.
Hansel and Gretel at Chiswick Playhouse

Image: Chiswick Playhouse

Chiswick Playhouse will bring an enchanting, reimagined take on the classic story of Hansel and Gretel to families this festive season.

Playing from 4 December to 4 January, the show features a dazzling original soundtrack, providing a musical extravaganza that will surely transport audiences to a fascinating candy-filled land this Christmas.

Hansel and Gretel continues in the spirit of Chiswick Playhouse's previous family productions, such as The Little Match Girl and Stig of the Dump, taking audiences on an exciting adventure away from the realm of computer games and social media to a charming forest with a tap-dancing cockroach, lollipops and a candycane house made of cake and sweets.

As Hansel and Gretel become lost among the silver trees, they find themselves in the snare of a witch with a penchant for single-use plastic and a hankering for the only remaining sustainable food source: children.

The show's original music is from award-winning British composer Leon Parris (Bananaman The Musical, Enid Blyton's The Famous Five, Stig of the Dump).

Directed by Lucy Jane Atkinson (A Hundred Words for Snow, Trafalgar Studios; Vespertilio, VAULT Festival), this reconceptualisation of the classic tale takes inspiration from environmental and climate activist Greta Thunberg as children take to the streets to combat the climate crisis and save their future.

The production will be filled with hilarious twists and turns, with an inescapable relevance for today's younger Extinction Rebellion generation.

As challenges are overcome and lessons learnt, it is also a reality check that soon there might not be any forests to get lost in.

Lucy Jane Atkinson commented ...

"I'm thrilled to be directing such a hilarious and timely new take on this classic story as part of the first season at Chiswick Playhouse.

It's a beautiful space and I'm honoured to be part of an incredible team of creatives bringing this magical show to life.

Show listing information


A tale of magic, mischief, houses made of sweets and other sustainable food sources.

'Once there was a brother and sister, and they lived by a motorway that curled around the city like a wall. Few people strayed beyond this barrier for beyond was a forest of silver trees and silence that their stepmother called, The Forest of the Dead…'

So begins Chiswick Playhouse's irresistible production of Hansel and Gretel.

This children's adventure will take the audience far from their city life, their Xboxes and Insta likes, into a world of lollipop houses, tap-dancing cockroaches and a witch with a penchant for single use plastic and the only remaining sustainable food source: children.

Music, puppetry and escapades for all the family to enjoy.


Joshua Oakes-Rogers - Hansel

Pippa Conway - Gretel

Serena Flynn - Stepmother/Witch

Tomi Ogbaro - Father/Tony the Cockroach


Author: Orlando Wells
Composer: Leon Parris
Lyricist: Orlando Wells and Leon Parris
Director: Lucy Jane Atkinson
Designer: Cory Shipp
Lighting: Zia Bergin-Holly
Sound: Annie May Fletcher
Production: Chiswick Playhouse Productions


Chiswick Playhouse
2 Bath Road
W4 1LW


From: Wednesday 4 December 2019

Closed: Saturday 4 January 2020


Previews: £15

Standard: £22.50

Concessions: £17.50


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