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Rumpelstiltskin review at Cochrane London

Rumpelstiltskin is an enchanting fairytale, full of magic, suspence and charm. Mike Kenny’s adaptation of the age-old story invokes the humour and the darkness of the original, engaging both children and adults alike. At no point does the two-hour showing drag, due to the inventive use of movement, music and lighting, all played on an picturesque set.

The child-snatching central character Rumpelstiltskin is played with playful menace by Dale Superville, cleverly emulating the whimsical caprice of children and fairies. Eleanor Moriarty portrays the spirited and sympathetic Miller’s Daughter, who is ordered to spin gold from corn or lose her life. However, accepting help from Rumpelstiltskin has dangerous consequences.

Much of the humour comes from Hywel Morgan’s spoilt Prince and his gradual development into a mature King. The Queen Mother (Sam Adams) is a benign presence, along with the hesistant Lord Chancellor (Simon Glover). Completing the professional ensemble is Garry Robson’s overprotective Miller and lively Mess (Andi Oshon). The cast also double as Fair Folk, singing and moving in a suitably eerie and mischevious fashion.

This Christmas offering is a delight for audiences of all ages.

Production Information

Cochrane, London, November 28-January 11

Mike Kenny
Unicorn Theatre
Emily Gray
Cast includes
Eleanor Moriaty, Dale Superville, Sam Adams
Running time

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