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Hansel and Gretel cast and creatives announced 28
Feb

By Open Air Theatre

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Following the success of The Turn of the Screw last season, we are proud to be working in collaboration with English National Opera once again to present Hansel and Gretel. Sung in English, experience the Grimm Brothers’ fairytale anew in this operatic retelling by Engelbert Humperdinck.

Two casts will sing at alternate performances. Rachel Kelly and Heather Lowe share the role of Hansel, with Susanna Hurrell and Elizabeth Karani sharing the role of Gretel. Mother is played by Rosie Aldridge and Gweneth Ann Rand, and Father by Duncan Rock and Ben McAteer. Alasdair Elliott and John Findon share the role of the Witch. Gillian Keith takes the role of the Sandman at all performances, with He Wu as the Dew Fairy.

With 7 lead performers at each performance, an ensemble of 30, and 19 members of the ENO orchestra conducted by rising star Ben Glassberg, this will be the Open Air Theatre’s largest Company.

Joining the already announced director Timothy Sheader, design is by Olivier Award-winner Peter McKintosh (On The Town, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Crazy for You), movement direction by Lizzi Gee (Little Shop of Horrors), lighting design by Oliver Fenwick (To Kill a Mockingbird, Hobson’s Choice, The Beggar’s Opera) and sound design by Nick Lidster for Autograph (The Turn of the Screw, Peter Pan, Jesus Christ Superstar).

With original libretto by Adelheid Wette after the fairytale Hänsel und Gretel by Jacob Ludwig and Wilhelm Carl Grimm, English translation is by David Pountney. Orchestral reduction is by Derek J Clark.

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