Beware the gingerbread house

Hansel and Gretel
Hansel and Gretel

PERHAPS one of the most terrifying of the Brothers Grimm fairytales, this year’s unlikely Christmas production at the Citizens theatre is Hansel and Gretel.

The story of two children avoiding being eaten by an evil witch has been given a twist for the festive season — although that act of cannibalism is still lurking in the background.

Hansel and Gretel squabble and sister — but when a dreadful famine strikes and a witch goes after their father, they must put aside their differences to triumph over evil (and avoid ending up as dinner).

This new version of the children’s classic, written by Alan McHugh, comes complete with songs — so perhaps the more macabre elements have been played down for its young audience.

And if you head along this Saturday, there’s a family workshop for little ones aged 5-10.

n Hansel and Gretel runs at the Citizens theatre until January 7. Tickets start at £6.50 for children, available on 429 0022. Saturday workshop at 12noon (£5 per child).