Patrick studio, Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst street, Birmingham.

The Twisted Tale of Hansel and Gretel is a co-production between Birmingham Hippodrome and the Open theatre company, with artistic direction and assistance provided by Metro-Boulot-Dodo.

This fully integrated production includes cast members from BecauseWeCanCanCan, a learning disabled-led theatre company based in the West midlands.

A flustered storyteller is joined by a mischievous mocking bird as he follows Hansel and Gretel deep into the forest. All is not what as it seems as the characters start to tell their own version of this “twisted tale”.

Our guest reviewers Theatretastic Family (Mum, dad and twin boys aged 6) describe their experience of attending a performance of Hansel and Gretel during the Easter holidays:

“As we had tickets for a Sunday morning performance we decided to drive to the venue. We found parking available in Hurst street which was very convenient.

The Patrick Studio was easily accessible either through the main Hippodrome entrance or the Thorpe Street side entrance. The theatre is located on level three, there is a lift available if required. We found the amenities child friendly and the refreshments on sale were reasonably priced.

The studio is intimate with seating for 200 people. Our seats in row E were perfect as the boys had a clear view of the stage but wherever you would sit you would have a fantastic view.

It was really refreshing to see a cast of all abilities on stage. Audience interaction was encouraged at specific times by the mocking bird character and the narrator, the boys really enjoyed this part of the show.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and we would recommend this production and the Patrick Studio to other families.

We look forward to future Twisted Tales by this very talented cast and production team.”

Theatretastic family rating 4/5:


There are plans for the Twisted Tale of Hansel and Gretel to tour nationally next year.

Our Theatretastic twins have recorded answers to our questions about the production for our podcast which is available now and their answers are also available below. We look forward to more wonderful reviews from our Theatretastic family!
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