Hansel and Gretel, Open Air Theatre

Hansel and Gretel

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Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel is brought to the stage by Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in collaboration with English National Opera.

In the unique environment of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, experience the Grimm Brothers’ fairytale anew in this operatic retelling, sung in English.

Ben Glassberg conducts members of the ENO Orchestra, with direction by Open Air Theatre Artistic director Timothy Sheader.

Hansel and Gretel will run from 14 June 2019until 22 June 2019 at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London.


Hansel and Gretel’s parents have fallen on hard times. One afternoon, the children decide to cheer themselves up by dancing. Their mother is furious to discover them neglecting their work. She sends them out into the forest to pick strawberries for supper, little realizing that it is a dangerous place after dark.

Hansel and Gretel get lost in the forest. A tiny Sandman lulls them to sleep. The next morning, the children wake after a night of wonderful dreams to find themselves near a house made of delicious cake. They can’t resist a nibble… and the house’s sinister owner emerges. What will she do to them?

WHO’S IN IT? Hansel and Gretel CAST

14 | 17 | 19 | 20 (eve) | 22 (mat)

The cast features Rachel Kelly (Hansel), Susanna Hurrell (Gretel), Rosie Aldridge (Mother) Duncan Rock (Father), Alasdair Elliot (Witch), Gillian Keith (Sandman) and He Wu (Dew Fairy).

15 | 18 | 20 (mat) | 21 | 22 (eve)

The cast features Heather Lowe (Hansel), Elizabeth Karani (Gretel), Gweneth Ann Rand (Mother) Ben McAteer (Father), John Findon (Witch), Gillian Keith (Sandman) and He Wu (Dew Fairy).


Hansel and Gretel will be conducted by Ben Glassberg with direction by Timothy Sheader. Translation is by David Pountney and Orchestral reduction by Derek J Clark.


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Important Notes

Tickets are non-refundable in the event of cancellation because of the weather but may be exchanged in accordance with the Weather Policy.  Whilst suitable for family audiences, as a sung-through opera Hansel and Gretel is most likely to be of interest to those aged 9 and over. The production is sung in English, and further information and synopsis can be found by searching online for ‘Hansel and Gretel Humperdinck’. It remains the responsibility of the parent/guardian in advance of purchase to make their own judgement as to the suitability of the show for their own child.

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Theatre Information

Open Air Theatre
Address: Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NR
Nearest Underground: Baker Street (Bakerloo line, Circle line, Hammersmith and City line, Jubilee line, Metropolitan line) or Regent's Park (Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 13, 18, 27, 30, 74, 82, 113, 139, 189, 274

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