Ballet’s Christmas spin on Grimm fairytale

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IF EVER there was a terrifying fairytale, it’s the Brothers Grimm’s Hansel and Gretel.

However, if there’s one medium which can give it a magical Christmas makeover, it has to be ballet — which is perhaps why Scottish Ballet have chosen it for their first festive show in six years.

This tantalising treat — a world premiere — is a new take on the witch, the gingerbread house and the hapless brother and sister eyed up for the oven.

The company has spent a year collecting stories from imaginations up and down the land — an initiative called Hansel & Gretel, and 
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The show will also feature young children from each of the cities on the tour — Glasgow included — performing on stage with the national dance company. Indeed, so far, so 
festive.

As for the storyline, it’s a tale of a town where children keep mysteriously disappearing, one by one.

And, come to think of it, it all kicked off when the new teacher arrived — but then again, the little ones love her...largely because of her endless supply of sweets.

Artistic director Christopher Hampson explained: “Perhaps most memorable was an early primary school visit to hear a storyteller take the children on an incredible journey.

“You’ll see this starts the ballet too, and the storyteller becomes a very important part of how we bring Hansel and Gretel to life.”

Scottish Ballet will be running a pre-school, shortened performance on selected dates called Wee Hansel & Gretel.

For the rest of us, Hansel & Gretel is on at the Theatre Royal December 10-28 — tickets £10.50-£35.50 from 0844 871 7647.