Scottish Ballet prepares for opening night performance of Hansel and Gretel

By Olivia Armstrong

SCOTTISH Ballet will lift the curtain on their production of Hansel and Gretel on Saturday as their winter season gets underway.

The production will open this year at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh, with Dancer Grace Paulley joining local children for a festive first night with the critically acclaimed production features an arrangement of the score by Engelbert Humperdinck and will be performed live by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra.

The performance will be touring Edinburgh (Dec 10 – 31), Glasgow (Jan 5 – 14), Aberdeen (Jan 18 – 21), Inverness (Jan 25 – 28), Newcastle (Feb 1 – 4) and Belfast (Feb 8 – 11). The production will also feature young children from each of the cities on tour, who will perform on stage with Scotland’s national dance company. In addition to the main production, Scottish Ballet will also be performing Wee Hansel & Gretel – an hour long performance of the ballet – in Edinburgh (Dec 16), Glasgow (Fri Jan 13), Aberdeen (Jan 20) and Inverness (Jan 27). It will also be accompanied live by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra. Audio-described performances and touch tours will also be available.

There will also be a special relaxed performance designed for people with a range of additional support needs and their families, featuring a more relaxed attitude to noise and movement in the auditorium with small changes made to the light, sound and special effects of the show. This will be performed in Edinburgh at the Festival Theatre (Dec 20).

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Christopher Hampson, CEO and Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet, choreographed the show back in 2013.

He said: “I am delighted to bring back our fun, festive ballet Hansel & Gretel for Scottish Ballet’s upcoming Winter season. Prior to its world premiere in 2013, we worked with children and adults across Scotland to develop the story.”

I am looking forward to bringing Hansel & Gretel back this Christmas with Scottish Ballet performing to audiences across Scotland, Newcastle and Belfast.”

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