HANSEL & GRETEL

2013

The Bussey Building

Produced by  Opera in Space


Music  Engelbert Humperdinck
Libretto  Adelheid Wette
Musical Director  Nicola Rose

Director  Richard Pyros

Design Justin Nardella 

Photos  Nick Brittain

'The progress from naturalism to fantasy is smooth…Go (see it) for the fun of it.  Go to see what a smart designer can do on a tight budget.'

THE TIMES ★★★

'Nardella’s set design was a particular highlight of the piece, with each space providing a charming and exciting setting for the action. The tinsel-strewn forest created a childlike anticipation; the fairy light lined house was both sophisticated and simple in equal measure.'

THE PUBLIC REVIEWS ★★★★

 

'Director Richard Pyros and designer Justin Nardella do a great job, creating a snow-filled square, subtle lighting and lo and behold, a Valkyrie like Witch (Rhonda Browne), all day glow black and yellow leather like some gorgeous piece of liquorice who feeds Gretel almond paste, rides around on a ghostly bicycle and threatens her with unspeakable acts…  Reduced down to 90 minutes, Engelbert Humperdinck’s 1890s opera, if shorn of some of its grimmer, more frightening aspects, emerges here as a clever, imaginative, splendidly sung and designed festive bauble, suitable for all the family.' 

LONDON GRIP 

witch in a rubber dress, in a rectangle of snow and a greenhouse for an oven'

TIME OUT ★★★★

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