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Of all the Grimm fairytales that were fed to us as children, surely the fate of Hansel and Gretel has to be one of the darkest? And yet this sinister story of two children lost in a forest who fall prey to the cannibalistic whims of the local witch is also the scene of one of our enticingly enduring images; one that conjures childhood innocence and wanton gluttony in the same icon; the gingerbread house!

We just can’t get enough of this moralistic tale where, for once, the children outwit the baddies all with the help of a handsome passing woodcutter. However, we must wait, albeit with great anticipation, for spring 2015, when Blackpool Grand Theatre hosts a turbulent treat for generations of new young children when the highly acclaimed Lancashire-based Horse and Bamboo Theatre Company brings their new production of Hansel and Gretel to town.  Combining music and film, puppets and masks, it promises to be a feast for the senses!

Horse and Bamboo Theatre Company have been making theatre for children since 1978; keeping their work fresh by finding new ways to tell old tales – using contemporary approaches to some of our best-loved tales which ensures that audiences are left with a mind full of lasting images. Hansel and Gretel follows on from the company’s successful Red Riding Hood tour.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see Hansel and Gretel at Blackpool Grand. Tickets go on sale on Monday 1 December and are available via box office on 01253 290190 and online. There are only five shows in total; Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 February 2015. Tuesday 1:30pm and 4:30pm, Wednesday 10:30am, 1:30pm and 4:30pm. All tickets cost £6 and schools discounts are available. In line with legislation a £1.50 booking fee is now INCLUDED in all stated ticket prices.

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    Melanie Whitehead is the Creative Director of The Old Electric, Blackpool's newest theatre. She previously worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre.

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