Hansel & Gretel – from Saturday 2 March 2024

Sat 2 March 2024 - Sun 24 March 2024 at The Sydenham Centre
Show(s) at 2pm & 3.30pm each Sat/Sun (no shows Sat 16 March)
Show lasts approximately 45 minutes, suitable for all the family.

Tickets: Standard price £10 adults, £5 children aged 3+
Pay a little more £12 adults, £6 children aged 3+
Pay a little less £8 adults, £4 children aged 3+
Under 3s FREE as usual

Spontaneous Productions, in association with Kirkdale Bookshop, presents:

About the Show

Our first family show for 2024 – and our 29th original show for families since 2017 – is a brand new musical version of the classic fairy tale Hansel and Gretel.

When Hansel and Gretel are left behind in the woods by their forgetful parents they must learn to fend for themselves. But when they discover a marvellous House made of sweets and its mysterious owner Wilma Wonky, things take a very strange turn…

With the help of Wilma’s talking cat Kitty can they escape Wilma’s clutches and be reunited with their parents? And will they be able to straighten out Wilma Wonky once and for all?

Photographs of previous shows by Mark Drinkwater

Featuring all the usual Spontaneous magic – and lots of surprises – we are joined by a brand new song-writing team James Boston and Tom Nugent, who between them have created a wonderful psychedelic 60s & 70s style soundtrack. With fabulous costumes as usual by Jackie Poulett, choreography by Valentina Pakou and special video effects and animation by Joe Kaufman of Red Kite Films, this highly entertaining show is not to be missed!

Our cast is headed by two very familiar faces: Paul-D Stephenson – in his 10th production for Spontaneous – is Hansel, and as Gretel there’s Jyo Miarkali – seen last year as Aladdin and the Boy Who Cried Wolf – who gets to play a girl at last! Joining our family is newcomer Francesca Anderson as the wicked Wilma Wonky. Plus there are special guest appearances on video by William Hastings and Megan Madaleine as Hansel & Gretel’s Mum and Dad.

The Credits

  • Adapted from the classic fairy tale by Jonathan Kaufman and Jane Walker
  • Original songs and music by James Boston (lyrics) and Tom Nugent (music)
  • Produced and directed by Jonathan Kaufman
  • Assistant director and choreographer – Valentina Pakou
  • Video effects and animation – Joe Kaufman
  • Scenic design and props – Annika Francis
  • Costume designer & associate producer – Jackie Poulett
  • AI Imagery – Penelope Else
  • Graffiti art – James Tichner
  • Graphic design – Jan Warren
  • Photography – Mark Drinkwater

Book Tickets

Please note tickets can no longer be purchased at Kirkdale Bookshop. We recommend advance booking online, or pay on the door from 30mins before show start time (subject to availability)

Online (below): booking closes 30 minutes before start time, but tickets may still be available on the door.
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The Cast

FRANCESCA ANDERSON as Wilma Wonky
JYO MIARKALI as Gretel
PAUL-D STEPHENSON as Hansel
Guest appearances on video:
WILLIAM HASTINGS as Dad
MEGAN MADALEINE as Mum

The Audience Reviews

What audiences have said about our previous shows:

  • “Marvellous, we love Spontaneous Productions!!”
  • “What a phenomenal resourcefor our local community. We had a wonderful time”
  • “A great performance for children and adults too”
  • “Wonderful company, vital for the community. Fun show!”
  • “We love your shows so much, so well crafted and a super hit with the kids (and grownups.)”
  • “Great energy, loved audience interaction”
  • “Our family had a great time! Great prices and production, Thank you all”
  • “Really good fun – accessible for all – loved the singing and dancing – inspiring for the kids and lovely community vibe”
  • “Wonderfully aimed at the whole family and another great production”

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