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Hansel & Gretel

14 Dec 2023 - 19:15 / 16 Dec 2023 - 15:00

Hansel & Gretel

Join us this festive season for Engelbert Humperdinck’s classic fairy tale Hansel & Gretel, a concert performance helping to celebrate the reopening of Paisley Town Hall! 

A world of magic, fireflies, and fairies comes to life through Humperdinck’s lush and majestic music, which has something for every listener – from the beautiful ‘Evening Prayer’ to enchanting folk-inspired melodies. The cast, children’s chorus and The Orchestra of Scottish Opera come together on stage to tell the story of Hansel and Gretel’s grand adventure deep in the enchanted forest where not everything is as it seems. The young pair will need every ounce of courage, cleverness, and hope if they're to escape the lure of the Witch and her gingerbread hut. 


Conducted by Stuart Stratford with concert staging by Roxana Haines (Rubble 2022 and Così fan tutte 2021), with a cast that celebrates Scottish Opera Emerging and Associate Artists past and present. Lea Shaw (Carmen 2023) and Catriona Hewitson lead as Hansel and Gretel, with Heather Ireson (Il trittico 2023) in the dual role of the Mother and the Witch. Ross Cumming and Inna Husieva round out the cast as the Father and the Dew Fairy/the Sandman respectively.

Cast & Creatives 

Conductor: Stuart Stratford 
Chorus Director: Susannah Wapshott 
Concert Staging: Roxana Haines 
English Translation: David Pountney 
Hansel: Lea Shaw 
Gretel: Catriona Hewitson 
Peter(Father): Ross Cumming 
Gertrude (Mother) & The Witch: Heather Ireson 
Sandman / Dew Fairy: Inna Husieva 

Running time approx. 2 hour and 15 minutes, including 20-minute interval Sung in English English translation by David Pountney

*Concessions include over 60s, wheelchair users, people with disabilities, and arts workers with ID. Please note: Wheelchair accessible spaces are not available to book online. Please email or call the box office to book a wheelchair accessible space or for any other access requests: Tel: 0300 300 1210

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