The cast has been announced for Chiswick Playhouse’s enchanting re-imagining of Hansel and Gretel. Leading the way into the magical forest is Pippa Conway (Oh, What A Lovely War!, Gulbenkian Theatre; Dracula, The Ballroom; Mary and Joseph, Southwark Playhouse) as Gretel alongside Joshua Oakes-Rogers (The Dead Room, BBC Four; Body and Sold, Park Theatre; Vespertilio, VAULT Festival) as Hansel.
Also joining the cast are Serena Flynn (Baubo: Goddess of Filth, Soho Theatre; Prune; Edinburgh Fringe) as Stepmother and Witch and Tomi Ogbaro (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre; Sweet Charity, Watermill Theatre; Seagulls, Octagon Theatre) as Father and Tony The Cockroach.
With a dazzling original soundtrack by composer Leon Parris (Bananaman The Musical, Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five, Stig of the Dump), this musical extravaganza will take audiences on an exciting adventure away from the realm of computer games and social media to a charming forest with a tap-dancing cockroach, lollipops and a candycane house. As Hansel and Gretel become lost among the silver trees, they find themselves in the snare of a witch with penchant for single-use plastic and a hankering for the only remaining sustainable food source: children.
Director Lucy Jane Atkinson commented: “It’s a joy to work with such a multi-talented and playful cast of actors and singers to bring this new exciting piece to life. We are having a fantastic time in the rehearsal room and are hopefully creating something very special!”
Hansel and Gretel runs at the Chiswick Playhouse from 4 December 2019 to 4 January 2020.