Grimm Tales, adapted by Carol Ann Duffy, Dramatized by Time Supple

Friday 7th - Saturday 15th December, various times

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This December we are presenting Grimm Tales adapted by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy and dramatized by Tim Supple. This adaptation was first presented at The Young Vic Theatre in 1994.

The seven tales include the famous stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin and Snow White. Then there are the lesser know tales The Golden Goose and The Magic Table, The Gold-Donkey and The Cudgel in the Sack.

Also included are some original songs by Michael James plus the now traditional seasonal offering at the end of the show!

The structure of the separate tales allowed for multiple directors (Faye Woodbridge, Mimi Goddard and Steven Adams), although all three have worked very closely together. Many of the tales have been given a twist giving them a slightly more modern feel, and giving the audiences a bit of a surprise with the well-know stories.

The auditions were very well attended, and we were able to cast an excellent ensemble cast including many new members alongside some BLT stalwarts! The cast also includes a current and a former member of Youth@theLittle. With eighteen in the cast it is a true ensemble piece with people taking larger roles in some tales and then smaller ones in others.

Music plays a very important part in the production and alongside some fantastic original music from Michael James we have a variety of other music from punk to 80s pop to 40s musicals and silent film soundtracks. A lot of this was curated by our music expert Faye Woodbridge!

Stage management is being ably provided by Stephen Evans, who also appears on stage. The set is a contemporary design which will hopefully surprise the audience. Tom Williams came up with an excellent paintwork design and then the painting was a real family affair with both Allison and Michael Williams assisting!

Suitably offbeat costumes have been put together by Margaret Skeet, Glenys Stuart and Ann Atkins. Glenys has also provided many of the props. Beverley Grover is designing the lighting which will be sure to show off and enhance the tales magnificently. 

Do come along and if you think you know the stories of the Brothers Grimm you may be in for a surprise or two! There should be something for everyone to enjoy in this fast-moving show with slapstick, songs, drama and comedy. It is suitable for children of about 6 and above but with plenty to keep older children and adults entertained too.

Faye Woodbridge, Mimi Goddard and Steven Adams

Grimm Tales opens on Friday 7th December and runs until Saturday 15th December with matinees (2.30pm) on Saturday 8th, Sunday 9th and Saturday 15th December.  Evening performances are Friday 7th December – Saturday 8th December and Tuesday 11th December – Saturday 15th December (all at 7.45pm). Please note that there is no performance on Monday 10th December.

Tickets available in the usual ways, online here or by calling 0844 888 0432.