I absolutely love the theatre and it’s something I was keen to share with Pops, she’s still a bit young for some shows and gets bored if they are too long (no matter how good they are) so Hansel and Gretel at The Gate in Cardiff was absolutely perfect.
The show has a cast of only 4 people and they are more than enough to tell the story perfectly and the catchy songs that go alongside were so fun to sing along to as well.
Hansel and Gretel, by Black Rat Productions is its seventh show for Christmas at The Gate. Written, co-directed and produced by Richard Tulley and directed by Sam Davies. Black Rat Productions tells the classic story of Hansel and Gretel whilst adding popular, current music and dances. The show is designed for family and school audiences, aimed at 4+ but there was plenty of younger kids when we went who all seemed to enjoy it.
This performance would make the perfect introduction to theatre for any little one, The Gate has tiered pews which brings a relaxed, comfortable feel (and makes it easier to cuddle up to your little one). The simple, yet effective scenery and amazing, authentic costumes by Ellen Duncan really bring the “wow factor”.
Dan Miles, who plays Hansel, and Jemima Nicholas as Gretel are friendly, charismatic and ridiculously energetic!
John Weldon plays the loveable father who you can’t help but sympathise with after the evil tricks that the step-mother/witch, (portrayed by Sarah Jayne Hopkins) does to him.
If you’re looking for somewhere to take the kids this Christmas that is affordable and fun then look no further. You don’t even have to worry about the adult humour you usually get at a pantomime!
Get tickets for the remaining shows and more information at The Gate.
Until the next post,
Are and Pops.
We were provided tickets for Hansel and Gretel at the gate, all opinions are our own. Photos by Lara Czornyj.