Venture deep into the woods for a quirky retelling of a familiar fairy tale

Following the cancellation of live performances at the Belgrade Theatre in March, we’re delighted to announce that our friends at Open Theatre Company will be streaming The Twisted Tale of Hansel and Gretel online for free from 2.30pm on Saturday 25 April.

After touring the Midlands in 2018 following its sell-out premiere at Birmingham Hippodrome, the show began a second UK tour this spring – sadly cut short when the lockdown was announced.

But the Coventry-based company and long-term Belgrade collaborators have now sprung into action to offer audiences who missed out a chance to enjoy the show online. The show will be streamed via YouTube, and you can watch along below.



Presented in partnership with Birmingham Hippodrome and the award-winning Metro-Boulot-Dodo, this quirky retelling combines live music and hilarious storytelling with inventive design to offer a fresh take on a familiar fairy tale.

The show is the first of three planned “Twisted Tales” being developed by Open Theatre Company, the leading promoters’ of learning disabled arts in the West Midlands.

Over the last 30 years, Open Theatre has been working with young people with learning disabilities (YPWLDs) across the region to create a wide range of theatre, films and outdoor events. A major barrier YPWLDs face in participating in the arts is the belief that they will never be able to produce work of the same quality as their non-disabled peers.

By providing them with opportunities to work on ambitious professional productions, it aims to inspire them with the confidence to pursue creative careers, as well as challenging audience perceptions about their work.