Matthew Kaner music
Simon Armitage words
Clive Hicks-Jenkins art & visual direction
Caroline Clegg dramaturgy
Goldfield Ensemble
Kate Romano (Goldfield Productions) producer

Enter a world of light and shadow, of darkness and deception. A helter-skelter journey into ghostly landscapes and feasts of sugar…

The words of poet Simon Armitage retell this famous story in an extended lyrical poem entwined with chamber music by composer Matthew Kaner, one of the most original voices of his generation. With shadowplay and puppetry by Clive Hicks-Jenkins, this world premiere performance of Hansel & Gretel presents an evocative collection of art-forms, drawing audiences into a mysterious yet curiously familiar landscape.

Hansel & Gretel is kindly supported by

Post-Performance Reception: Hansel & Gretel

Saturday 7 July, 7.30-8.30pm
Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Parabola Arts Centre
Free entry included with Hansel & Gretel performance ticket

Join us in raising a glass to the creative team behind Hansel & Gretel, following the world premiere of this extraordinary new production. Learn about the conception of the work and how it was brought to life during an informal panel discussion.


Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham Ladies' College

Parabola Arts Centre is located in a Grade II listed building in the glamorous Montpellier district of Cheltenham. The centre was built as a facility for students of Cheltenham Ladies’ College and to be used as a public arts centre by the local community.

The original, listed Bayshill House was transformed into a gallery, bar and foyer area. The villa also houses all the rehearsal spaces, offices, video editing suite, dance studio and library. This means that the regular activity of the building takes place in the light, beautifully restored listed building.

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