Hot on the heels of its critically acclaimed Macbeth, Iris Theatre continues its tenth anniversary season this summer with a new family adaptation of the Brothers Grimm’s Hansel and Gretel, told in the company’s signature immersive style around the grounds of St Paul’s, the Actors’ Church, in the heart of London’s Covent Garden.
Opening tonight (Tuesday 8 August), Hansel & Gretel and the Witch Baba is written by Iris artistic director Daniel Winder and continues at St Paul’s, the Actors’ Church, until 3 September 2017.
Featuring a life-size, edible gingerbread house, the production follows Hansel and Gretel as they travel deeper and deeper into a dark, forbidding forest. There, in the shadows, you might glimpse a figure in a red hood chased by a wolf, or a witch’s hut standing tall on chicken legs; all manner of magical beasts lurk in these woods…
Promenading round the grounds of St Paul’s Church, this immersive fairytale is guaranteed to fright and delight curious children and adventurous adults alike. Deshaye Gayle and Rosie Abraham are Hansel and Gretel, along with Josie Brightwell (Mother/Baby Yaga), Jennifer Clement (Vasilia/Marya), Nick Howard-Brown (Father/Koschei) and Will Kelly (Ivan/Baba Yagas)
Offie-nominated for her production of Much Ado About Nothing for Iris Theatre last year, Amy Draper has returned to direct Hansel & Gretel and the Witch Baba. The production is designed by Amber Scarlett, with costumes by Sophie Donaldson, puppets by Jonny Dixon, lighting by Rachel Sampley, sound by Filipe Gomes and music by Candid Caldicot.
All photos by Nick Rutter.
About Iris Theatre
Iris Theatre is a dynamic theatre company based at the world-famous St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden. The company, established in 2007 by Artistic Director Daniel Winder, has a reputation for producing vibrant and accessible site-specific and outdoor theatre, alongside a growing new musical theatre strand. Iris gained full charity status in 2009 with a mission to support the development of the next generation of professional theatre practitioners. The company’s collaborative approach gives emerging artists the opportunity to create work for a central London venue with a prominent professional whether wheth-er that is for our outdoor summer season or as part of its Workin Process initiative aimed at developing new musicals.
Growing year on year, Iris Theatre is now firmly cemented in its home at St Paul’s. The production year is centred around a two-month long summer season in the award-winning church gardens. Outside the summer season, Iris focuses on developing new musical theatre works, either by providing a platform for new writers to present whole musicals in development or through one of our concert events focused on new writing.