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Grimm Tales for Young and Old Grimm Productions present Grimm Tales for Young and Old
by Philip Pullman An Immersive Fairytale. Adapted and Directed by Philip Wilson.

This autumn, Philip Pullman’s compelling GRIMM TALES return in a brand-new immersive theatre experience that will launch adults and children alike into the subversive world of the Brothers Grimm. This thrilling production will take over the sprawling Bargehouse on London’s South Bank, November 21 2014 – February 15 2015, bringing another selection of delightfully twisted tales to life.

Here, in one of London’s most atmospheric and untouched spaces, the infamous fairy tales are no longer bound to their pages but are following your footsteps, breathing softly down your neck and unravelling before your eyes; Follow Hansel and Gretel’s rumbling bellies as they wander the forest to find a freshly baked cottage and a rancid old witch, and watch an ambitious amphibious creature try his slimey luck in the sack with a shallow Princess.

… Nibble, nibble, little mouse,
Who is nibbling at my house?
Don’t be frightened, my little dears! Just come inside, my darlings…

Adapted from world-renowned author Philip Pullman’s ‘Grimm Tales for Young and Old’ by Director Philip Wilson (the former Artistic Director of the Salisbury Playhouse), there will be unnervingly intimate encounters with memorable characters from the tales, before audiences are left to fend for themselves in the folkloric surroundings where music seeps from the sinuous corridors and every corner offers an opportunity of dark discovery.

For twelve weeks the towering Bargehouse – a building which has long cast its shadow across the Oxo Tower Wharf – will be totally transformed, its derelict labyrinthine chambers becoming an inspired world of overgrown forests, slaughterhouse kitchens, crumbling industrial castles and dilapidated attic ballrooms. Guided by 16 storytellers audiences will be forced to shift between voyeur and adventurer, never fully able to orientate themselves inside the structure’s towering layers.

Pullman said of the adaptation: “When I saw this team’s previous production at Shoreditch Town Hall, I was thrilled with the vividness and fidelity with which they’d carried the tales from the page to the performance space. Imagination, wit, a mastery of all the theatrical possibilities of lighting and costume and make-up and the simple magic of transformation all combined in an experience that was a joy to encounter. I’m sure the venerable Brother’s Grimm themselves, if they could see it, would be as delighted as I was.

The production team behind the GRIMM TALES run at Shoreditch Town Hall in Spring 2014 return in full for this brand-new celebration of live story-telling; The Old Vic Tunnel’s Valerie Coward, with 20 years of experience producing immersive theatre shows, will produce, along with Executive Producer Cat Botibol, Creative Development Director for agency pd3, an award-winning creative outfit lauded for its work in culture marketing and bespoke branded experiences.

Masterfully recreating the Grimm World again is Set & Costume designer Tom Rogers, whose recent credits include Moominland Winter (National Tour) and Happy Days: A New Musical (National Tour), while Howard Hudson returns as Lighting Designer (La Cage Aux Folles (Aarhus, Denmark); Cornelius (59E59, New York) and In The Heights (Southwark Playhouse). Composer and sound designer Richard Hammarton, whose credits include The Crucible (The Old Vic), Sizwe Bansi is Dead (Young Vic) and Fault Lines (Hampstead Theatre) also returns to the production.

From the infamous to the unfamiliar, the tales coming alive this November will be The Frog King or Iron Heinrich, Hansel and Gretel, Thousandfurs, Faithful Johannes, The Goose Girl at the Spring and The Three Little Men in the Woods.


Suitable for adults and brave children aged 8 and up. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

21st November 2014 – 15th February 2015
Oxo Tower Wharf
Bargehouse Street
South Bank
London SE1 9PH

Bargehouse is owned and managed by Coin Street Community Builders: www.coinstreet.org

Adults: £45
Children under 16: £20
Family Ticket (2 Adults and 2 Children): £125
Students (NUS Card holders) & Groups (10+): £25

Monday 29th September 2014


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