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Perhaps the best-loved operatic fairy tale of them all, Hansel and Gretel is also one of the darkest
Opera North: Hansel and Gretel

Opera North: Hansel and Gretel

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Hansel and Gretel Engelbert Humperdinck

Perhaps the best-loved operatic fairy tale of them all, Hansel and Gretel is also one of the darkest. From a poor family to whom hunger is an ever-present threat, the siblings escape to the world of the forest, both idyllic and dangerous. There, they encounter supernatural forces such as the Sandman, the Dew Fairy and, most frightening of all, the Witch. Featuring some of Humperdinck’s most enchanting music, Hansel and Gretel is the perfect treat.

Sung in English with English titles


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Hansel and Gretel Schools’ Matinee 
Thursday 23 March 11am
Tickets £6

Opera North’s new production is a dark and haunting take on this classic coming-of-age story. Seeing a world-class opera company in performance is an incredible and unforgettable experience. It is a great way to engage young people with classical music and introduce them to the vibrant, dramatic world of opera.
Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel features some of the most melodic and colourful orchestral music and, paired with a classic fairy tale, this enchanting opera is sure to leave your students spellbound.

  • Suitable for Upper KS2, KS3 and KS4
  • Related subjects: Drama, Music, English
  • Themes: Poverty, family, supernatural worlds, escapism, growing up
  • Running time 2 hours 10 minutes (includes one interval)

Hansel & Gretel Resource Pack for schools.

Preparatory Workshop – Introduction to Hansel and Gretel
Further enhance your experience by booking one of our ins-school preparatory workshops and introduce your pupils to the plot, characters, music and themes of the operas in advance of your visit. Choose between a full day or half day workshop, led by a professional director and musician. If you opt to book onto a workshop, you will also receive up to 35 FREE ticket to the opera as part of the package.

£550 – full day workshop plus tickets
£400 – half day workshop plus tickets
To book a workshop, please contact or call 0113 223 3520 for more information.



Important Information

Please note, Hansel and Gretel contains live moving projections as well as some flickering images for 3 minutes (approx. 46 minutes into Part 1). After the interval there is a loud explosion at 43 minutes.

£2 for online bookings or £3 for phone & counter sales applies per transaction.

Venue: Theatre Royal

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‘mingles magic with menace… goes right to the vulnerable heart of a piece about childhood and deprivation’

The Stage

“After its triumphant Ring cycle, Opera North’s orchestra is undaunted by the score’s ascents into Wagnerian grandeur, and Christopher Altstaedt conducts the homelier passages lovingly”

Sunday Telegraph

“Hansel and Gretel is one of the finest Opera North productions I have seen, blending magic, comedy and horror to great effect”

British Theatre Guide

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