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Hansel and Gretel

Published Monday 10 December 2012 at 10:57 by Chris High

The Unity Theatre has its Christmas productions down pat - make them dark, make them accessible and, above all, make them unusual. This year, The Brothers Grimm’s story gets an outing and - thanks to a brilliantly reworked script from Jeff Young - although the tale is as sinister as the original, the more cutting edges have been done away with so nobody will be waking in the small hours.

Each performance is tight and slick, with Holly Wilson-Guy the standout. Her superb nuances, glances and a delectable cackle instil trepidation at every turn in the dual roles of Wicked Stepmother and wicked candy-housed Witch of the Woods.

Special mention, too, should go to musical director Patrick Dineen and lighting designer Phil Saunders, as their individual contributions imbue a sense of atmosphere that is truly admirable in a show that is produced on shoestring and yet still manages to keep its audience - young and old - enraptured throughout.

Production information

Unity Theatre, Liverpool, December 4-January 12

Jeff Young, adapted from the Brothers Grimm
Nina Hajiyianni
Unity Theatre, Hope Street Ltd, Action Transport Theatre
Holly Wilson-Guy, Shawney Ross, Jay Davies, Becky Illsley
Running time:
1hr 25mins

Production information displayed was believed correct at time of review. Information may change over the run of the show.

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Run sheet

King's Head, Islington London
January 24-February 15 2014