Hansel and Gretel opens in Coventry
Earlier this week saw the opening of Hightime’s debut production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel. And this is no ordinary Hansel and Gretel. This brand new production, which features a community cast of sixty local schoolchildren, takes place on the outskirts of society and features a host of darkly comic characters and a highly inventive score score brought to life by a cast of singers whose credits include the Royal Opera House, English National Opera and the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition.
You can view a selection of production shots from the show by clicking on the gallery icon to your right.
Sung in a new English translation produced with Kit Hesketh Harvey (Kit and the Widow, BBC Comedy Proms), Hansel and Gretel live on the outskirts of society, hungry and poor, when their mother sends them to forage for food on the mean city streets. News soon arrives that the circus has come to town, led by a very sinister Ringmaster, renowned for luring children away from their homes with the intoxicating smell of frying hot dogs…
Keen to instill a love of the arts in the younger generation, the company are also giving 60 children from schools across Coventry their first taste of opera, with the chance to perform in the chorus of the production. The young people will appear alongside internationally-acclaimed professional singers, whose credits include the Royal Opera House, English National Opera and the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition.
Hansel and Gretel runs until 9 May 2015 at the Belgrade Theatre B2. Tickets are available from www.belgrade.co.uk or by calling the box office on 024 7655 3055. More information about the work of Springfield and Coventry and Warwickshire Mind and how you can get involved can be found at http://springfieldmind.org.uk or http://www.cwmind.org.uk/.