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 Me.
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.