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2 Feb - 25 Mar 2017

A classic fairy tale, told by the music of Humperdinck and explored in an inventive new production by Edward Dick.

Perhaps the most popular operatic fairy tale of them all, Hansel and Gretel is also one of the darkest. From a poor home in which hunger is an ever-present threat, brother and sister escape to the world of the forest, both idyllic and dangerous. There, they encounter supernatural forces such as the Sandman, the Dew Fairy and, most frightening of all, the Witch.

In the dizzying excitement of the Witch's Ride and the serene beauty of the children’s evening prayer, Humperdinck’s music magically evokes the contrasting worlds of the story, whilst this contemporary take on a classic story reveals the perils of growing up!

Please note, Hansel and Gretel contains live moving projections as well as some flickering images for 3 minutes (approx. 46 minutes into Part 1). After the interval there is a loud explosion at 43 minutes.

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours 10 minutes


Sung in English with English titles

Age Guidance

Suitable for 7+

Access Performances

Available: Audio described & signed

Schools' matinees will take place at each venue. View Hansel and Gretel resource pack

The Music

Audience reaction trailer

What the critics say

...technical brilliance...a stroke of surreal genius.

The Guardian - Full Review ›

Opera North’s orchestra plays magnificently under the perceptive baton of Christoph Altstaedt.

The Stage - Full Review ›

As Hansel she [Katie Bray] is full of charm and zest. Fflur Wyn's sparkling performance as Gretel makes her an ideal loving sibling.

Bachtrack - Full Review ›

Katie Bray and Fflur Wyn could scarcely be bettered...a colourful feast.

The Telegraph - Full Review ›



Meet our Witch: Susan Bullock


We caught up with distinguished British soprano Susan Bullock during our Fairy Tales photoshoot and found out how she’s preparing for the dual role of Mother and Witch in our Hansel and Gretel: Read More


Nibble, Nibble, Little Mouse …


Close encounters between fairy tale munchkins and those who want to eat them up are far from rare. As we prepare to open Hansel and Gretel, here are just a few of our favourite (?) cannibals... Read More


Hansel and Gretel in rehearsal...


Ahead of our brand new production of Hansel and Gretel opening later this week, we thought we'd give you a sneak peek into the rehearsal room to see if the cast are behaving (or mis-behaving) themselves...  Read More



Hansel and Gretel | Your Reaction

1 comment

Our brand new production of Humperdinck's delicious Hansel and Gretel has opened. Read some of what our audiences have been saying on social media so far, and see some production photos... Read More

  • Hansel Katie Bray
  • Gretel Fflur Wyn
  • Gertrud / Witch Susan Bullock
  • Peter Stephen Gadd (ex 22, 25 Mar)
  • Peter Phillip Rhodes (22, 25 Mar)
  • Sandman Rachel J Mosley
  • Dew Fairy Amy Freston
Creative Team
  • Conductor Christoph Altstaedt (ex 4, 11, 18, 22, 23, 25 Mar)
  • Conductor Justin Doyle (4, 11, 18, 22, 23, 25 Mar)
  • Director Edward Dick
  • Set Designer Giles Cadle
  • Costume Designer Christina Cunningham
  • Lighting Designer Matthew Haskins
  • Video Designer Ian William Galloway
  • Choreographer Gary Clarke

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Leeds Grand Theatre

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46 New Briggate
Leeds Grand Theatre

Important Information

Box Office: 0844 848 2720 (calls cost 7ppm)

  • To access the Grand Theatre, there are six steps from the street up to the foyer or a wheelchair lift from the Grand Theatre Box Office to the foyer, and then lift access to the rest of the auditorium (excluding the Upper Balcony). Some areas of the auditorium do have steep stairs and may not be suitable for people with limited mobility. Please check with the Box Office. 
  • There are 6 wheelchair spaces: four in the Stalls and two in the Dress Circle.
  • There are accessible toilets at Stalls and Dress Circle levels. 
  • There is an infra-red system in operation for sound amplification. Headsets are available from the Grand Theatre foyer for a £5 refundable deposit. Please ask Box Office staff when booking for advice on the best seats to use this service. 
  • Support dogs are welcome in the auditorium and can be looked after on request. 
  • For refreshments, there are bars at Stalls, Upper Circle and Balcony levels.  

Choose from these fantastic pre-theatre dining options and make your experience complete!

The Alchemist

Opera North ticket holders can enjoy 20% off their food bill at The Alchemist. Located on the second floor of Trinity Shopping Centre, The Alchemist offers a fantastic menu and stunning views of Leeds City Centre. Not available Saturdays. 

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Manahatta is a recently opened bar and kitchen located on Merrion Street, just a minute's walk from Leeds Grand Theatre. Serving a fantastic New York inspired menu made with fresh local produce, guests will receive 20% off their food bill before 6.15pm with proof of ticket. Booking is required. 

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North Bar

Opera North and Howard Assembly Room ticket holders can enjoy 10% off all drinks at New Briggate's finest craft beer hotspot — North Bar, just a stone's throw from Leeds Grand Theatre. 

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Enjoy 15% off all food and drink at authentic Italian wine bar Veeno (Leeds branch only) on presentation of ticket for an Opera North performance. Excludes Fridays and Saturdays after 5.00pm. 

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Veritas Ale & Wine Bar

Enjoy a special pre-opera meal at Veritas Ale & Wine Bar. Just a 5-10 minute walk from Leeds Grand Theatre, choose either two courses for £13.95 (£17.50 with a 175ml house wine) or three courses for £15.95 (£19.50 with a 175ml house wine). Available 5.00-6.30pm. Booking is required.

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Brasserie Blanc

Sample the fabulous pre-theatre menu at Brasserie Blanc and choose from two courses for £11.95 or three courses for £15.45, with a complimentary glass of fizz for Opera North ticket holders. Located just a 10 minute walk from the Leeds Grand Theatre. Available 12.00-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday. 

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The Reliance

Just a 5 minute walk from Leeds Grand Theatre, The Reliance bar and dining room offers a fantastic pre-theatre menu. Choose from two courses for £14.45 or three courses for £18.90. Available 5.30-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday.

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100 Grey Street

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Box office: 08448 112121


Free Parking in all City Council multi-storey carparks after 5pm.

The two closest car parks to Theatre Royal are the Oxford Street multi-storey (just behind the Laing) and the Dean Street multi-storey. Click here for more info.

There are two parking spaces for blue badge holders on Shakespeare Street and three on Hood Street. Most parking meters are free to Blue Badge Holders.


Alight at Monument Metro Station and follow the signs for the Theatre Royal. We are less than one minutes walk from the Metro entrance on Grey Street.

Travel free on the Metro with your theatre ticket (up to two hours before and after the performance) - simply retain your theatre ticket for inspection by Metro Staff.


The Theatre Royal is only ten minutes walk from Newcastle Central Station.

Salford Quays

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Pier 8
Salford Quays
M50 3AZ

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Box office: 0843 208 6000 

There is a passenger drop-off point immediately in front of The Lowry. Secure parking is available in The Lowry Outlet Mall multi-storey car park. There are designated areas for disabled parking on every level. 

The Lowry is accessible by train, tram and bus. http://www.tfgm.com/

From national railway stations, Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria you can travel to The Lowry by Metrolink tram. You can board an Eccles line tram and should alight at Harbour City, or Media City UK for trams which stop there, as this is slightly closer.

More info: http://www.thelowry.com/plan-your-visit/getting-here/


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Great Victoria Street

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Box office: 028 9024 1919

Easily accessible by road or public transport, The Grand Opera House is located on Great Victoria Street, next door to the world famous Europa Hotel. The main entrance is on Great Victoria Street, with Stage Door located on Glengall Street.

There is a multi-storey car park situated behind the Europa Hotel, accessible via Sandy Row and Hope Street. McCausland Car Park, located onGrosvenor Road, is open to midnight, Monday - Friday, and 11.00pm on Sunday. There is limited on-street parking on Great Victoria Street, while the nearby Days Hotel also offers secure car-parking facilities.

Great Victoria Street Train Station and the Europa Bus Centre are located on Great Victoria Street, next door to the Grand Opera House. Rail services are available on the Bangor, Londonderry, Larne and Portadown lines and cross-border Enterprise services to Dublin are also available. The Europa Bus Centre provides services across Northern Ireland. Timetables can be viewed at www.translink.co.uk or contact 028 9066 6630 for further information.


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Theatre Square

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Box Office: 0115 989 5555

Find access details for Nottingham Theatre Royal

By Car

Follow signs for the city centre and the 'Royal Zone'. Nearest car parks are Talbot Street car park and Crowne Plaza Hotel car park on Wollaton Street.
For maps and information about on-street parking, off-street car parks, park and ride and the blue badge scheme please visit Parking In Nottingham

By Bus

For bus times call Nottingham City Transport on 0115 950 6070, Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit www.travelineeastmidlands.co.uk   Find out about our £1 return bus ticket here.

By Tram

 The 'Royal Centre' tram stop is directly outside the venue and runs every 10 minutes until midnight. There are five Park and Ride sites along the route. Visit www.thetram.net or call 0115 942 7777 for full details of the tram route. Find out about our £1 return tram ticket here.

By Rail

Nottingham Station is a 15 minute walk or a short taxi or tram ride from the venue. Call 0845 748 4950 or www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times and fares. 


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What you say

Comment from Trish and Dave Wilcockson


Trish and Dave Wilcockson said ago

Dave (husband) and I thoroughly enjoyed the performance of Hansel and Retelling. We endorse everything that has been said, and bringing it up-to-date was amazing. It was especially interesting to view the seaside as we live in Bridlington; we felt it was just for us!! It certainly was well worth the 6 hour round trip. We appreciated the use of the modern technology too and rather than feeling intrusive, felt that in the forest scene for example, there was enough "forest" to make you forget and not notice the rest of the scenery left on stage.
Well done, Opera North including, orchestra, opera voices and technologists.

Trish and Dave Wilcockson

Comment from Penny


Penny said ago

Absolutely loved this production. Very simply and effectively done. Loved the hand held camera and effect. Thought it was very creative. The cast were all very good and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing.

Comment from Charles Dobson


Charles Dobson said ago

The singing, acting and especially the orchestral playing in Hansel and Gretel were wonderful - up to the superlative standards that we have grown used to expect from Opera North. Opinions on the production were more divided. I quite liked the use of back projections to depict the wood in Act 2 and the gingerbread house in Act 3, and replacing the angels' ballet at the end of Act 2 with a film clip showing a child's view of paradise as a day with granny by the seaside also worked for me. My wife thought the Act 2 projections "lacked magic" and didn't really to her convey the excitement and then the terror of walking through a darkening forest. However, we agreed that the final scene with the family and the gingerbread children re-united in a children's Christmas party worked brilliantly.

PS Another plus feature - no sewing machines! I do hope Opera North have now managed to sell off their surplus stock of sewing machines and we won't have to endure them in any more productions...

Comment from Patricia Jones


Patricia Jones said ago

Thought use of hand-held camera showing Hansel and Gretel on big screen while singing unnecessary and intrusive. We can see them anyway; why do we need an, often unattractive, close-up? Also, the projection of trees, and later the witch's house, over the set was confusing and irritating to the eye. The performers were however good.

Comment from kevin pattison


kevin pattison said ago

A very clever use of hand-held camera. Liked the way it was used to change the drab flat instantly into the forest or ginger-bread house.

Comment from P Johnson


P Johnson said ago

I am very sorry to say this, but I did not enjoy this performance one bit. The voices and orchestra were as splendid as ever. Peter was sublime and Hansel did a superb job of being a boy. But the set! Messy, distracting, it contributed nothing to the story for me.In fact, I spent much of the time being irritated by the fact that the libretto and the action did not match up, so the words lost their meaning. E.g. Gretel is told to set the table, but Hansel is lying on it. Why?? What was the point of the camera and the close-ups? The performers did their best, but how much more satisfying if they had been in a real forest with a real ginger-bread house! Sadly, we took our granddaughter to last night's performance. She is 17 and was not impressed by the attempts to be "modern". She is on her i-phone 24/7 and was looking forward to a real old-fashioned fairy tale! Sorry, Opera North, but this fan was not happy. A very expensive disappointment.

Comment from Barry McQuire


Barry McQuire said ago

I really enjoyed the opera and loved how they created the background.
America McQuire age 10

Comment from Libby and Robert Wade


Libby and Robert Wade said ago

Beautiful opera spoilt by the production. Use of the camera and effects tedious and distracting - not sure what the director was trying to acheive. I didn't mind it being brought up to date, but otherwise not good.

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