Hansel and Gretel take to the stage at Little Downham

Hansel & Gretel at Little Downham.

Hansel & Gretel at Little Downham. - Credit: Archant

The story of how Hansel and Gretel save their lives by outwitting a witch is brought to the stage with a modern twist thanks to Little Downham panto group.

Hansel & Gretel at Little Downham. The fortieth anniversary and Bruce Smith has appeared in all 40.

Hansel & Gretel at Little Downham. The fortieth anniversary and Bruce Smith has appeared in all 40. - Credit: Archant

The story of how Hansel and Gretel save their lives by outwitting a witch is brought to the stage with a modern twist thanks to Little Downham panto group.

The story follows the well-known fairy tale of German origin, recorded by the Brothers Grimm, about a young brother and sister who are threatened by a cannibalistic witch living deep in the forest in a house constructed of cake and confectionery.

The two children save their lives by outwitting her.

When a great famine settles over the land, the woodcutter’s second wife decides to take the children into the woods and leave them there to be by themselves, so that she and her husband will not starve to death because the children eat too much.


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The woodcutter opposes the plan but finally submits to his wife’s scheme. They are unaware that in the children’s bedroom, Hansel and Gretel have overheard the plan.

Once abandoned the children leave a trail safely back to the house.

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This will be the fortieth anniversary in which Bruce Smith has appeared in all 40.

In this production he plays Cruella the wicked witch who is borrowed from the 101 Dalmations plot to join the classic tale.

Cruella would like to eat Hansel but is foiled by brave Gretel.

The annual pantomime is on Saturday February 28 at 3pm and 7.30pm.

Tickets for the Little Downham village centre production cost £5 adults and £3 for children.

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