The Under Ground is thrilled to welcome The Pantaloons Theatre Company back to the stage with their darkly magical, family-friendly production of Grimm Fairy Tales, an alternative to pantomime and suitable for all.
This Sunday’s (December 15, 2pm) show is a brand new adaptation of some of the best-loved stories ever to have graced the stage. Start the festivities early and enjoy the puppetry, poetry, parody, music, magic, masks and even a tale in German – with translators, of course.
The Brothers Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm, collected and published German folk tales in the first half of the nineteenth century.
They are responsible for the popularity of some of the best-loved fairy tales of all time; Hansel and Gretel, The Frog Prince, Rumplestitskin, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood… the list goes on and on.
Yet it is often forgotten that the Grimm versions of all these tales are, well, a little more grim than you might expect and in some of the tales some characters meet a sticky end.
In the hands of The Pantaloons these tales are often also more hilariously funny than they have ever been before.
There will be plenty of surprises along the way as each fairy tale will be told in a different style.
For this story-telling extravaganza Jacob and Wilhelm are joined by Ferdinand, the lesser known third Grimm brother – who doesn’t know how to tell a story – and the Wild sisters who were the Grimm’s neighbours and also the source of many of the tales.
“We try to include something for everyone,” says producer Mark Hayward. “Children will love these tales as much as they ever have – particularly the more horrible elements – and adults will enjoy the clever ways in which the tales are staged along with the incredibly funny gags we’ve worked into the show.