Hansel and Gretel Reviews

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Average customer review: 1.5 star rating (1.5 Stars)

Number of reviews: 39

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5.0 star rating Leo from London, England

FAB VERSION OF OLD TALE

Loved Simon Armitage take on this ….. really good fun with lovely actors, especially Hansel and Gretel. Loved the worm , cockroach, mouse and foxes too … and the Owl!!!! And Swan and swanny was hilarious !!! It was an alternative delight!!

4.0 star rating Collie from London, England

FUN FILLED ALTERNATIVE STORY

This is definitely a different take on the Grimm story. Good points lively interactive with audience participation. It’s deliberately grimy and raw and a bit rough around the edges. Could do better points, the narrator was lovely but very poor voice projection so could barely hear the words written by Simon Armitage such a shame as so much lost in the poor sound quality. To some extent that spoilt my viewing . Please use microphone. The voice just tailed off at times and nothing heard . I was in company and we all agreed spoilt the performance by sound quality. Sort that out and you would have a lively if quirky performance where the use of lovely words could be enjoyed. Is this a Globe thing ?

4.0 star rating Carrie from London, England

I REALLY LOVED THIS

Unlike some of the other reviewers, I thought this was fabulous. It was an innovative rewriting of the tale and wondrously realised. I think being in the pit enhanced the production. We were gently guided to clear space for the action. We weren't unable to hear, perhaps that was proximity's favour. I found it moving. Joyous, funny and sad at different times. There were magical moments.

3.0 star rating Becky from London, England

NOT AS BAD AS EVERYONE IS SAYING BUT..

Definitely not what I was expecting. Like others said, it’s a bit odd, they’re trying to do too much and I was left wondering what they were thinking during the weird rapping scene. The poster is false advertisement as the actual gingerbread house was just a plastic kind of shed. However my son (4) loved it. It had the vibe of Blippi live at times so I can see why. Would have loved for it to be more Christmassy and magical.

3.0 star rating DB from Hereford, England

INTERESTING

We (myself, partner, 9 year old) watched this last night. As you would expect from a poet, the script was lyrical, almost as though the cast were slowly signing the script without music. The story was relatively difficult to follow, particularly for the distract-able members of the audience (<6 years old) and anyone with a proliferation of earwax, and we would’ve benefited from some subtitles. The best sequences involved the penny stinkers in the pit, who were shuffled around large set pieces they were wheeled in and out of the crowd. Watching from the lower gallery, you could make out people’s perplexed and amused expressions, which added to the theatrical drama somewhat. Large hovering set pieces and bouncy balls added greatly to the enjoyment for the aforementioned fidgiters. We came away feeling a bit underwhelmed, but impressed with the stage presence of the cast and the beautiful lyrical quality of the script, when we could hear it.

3.0 star rating Toby S from London, England

INTERESTING TAKE ON IT BUT NOT FOR YOUNG KIDS

My wife and I took our 7yr old to watch this today as we thought it was a great opportunity to introduce him to The Globe via a medium that he would understand and enjoy Unfortunately I think Simon Armitage, whom I usually think is amazing, missed the mark here by updating the setting to a war torn village and inserting messaging about refugee water crossings and paternal death. On many occasions my son whispered to me “what’s going on” to which I had to reply “I don’t honestly know”! The narrator also needs to increase her bellows as it was very tough to hear what she was saying 1/2 the time It’s not fair to say it’s awful but I just think that it’s aimed far more to adults and isn’t a 5+ age suggestion

2.0 star rating Diss A Pointed from London, England

NOT ONLY HANSEL & GRETEL WHO WERE LOST.

An experience that left us, the row behind us, and the bench neighbours scratching our heads in collective confusion. A group of strangers all who couldn't believe what was unravelling before our eyes...It was as though the cast had slipped an edible before the show and were enthusiasts in a year 9 drama workshop. The literal positioning and arrangement of the cast was as confused as google maps when you lose signal. Getting legs tangled in fairy lights, pushing stage pieces into the audience without assertion.. the audience didn't have a clue what to do. Whilst the singing sounded more like a heated debate than harmony. The beautiful Sugar House.... The most iconic visual piece for this story in all our imaginations was such a let down that I actually have zero words. Especially after clearly blowing their whole budget on the promo vid. Wasn't expecting a cake on stage of course, but something a touch more magical than shiny material getting stuck in motion on a frame.

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