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Grimm productions will present the world premiere of Philip Pullman's Grimm Tales for Young and Old, adapted and directed by Philip Wilson at the Bargehouse on London’s South Bank Oxo Tower Warf from 21 November 2014 to 15 February 2015.
The Bargehouse building will be transformed into a 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.
The tales featured in the adaptation will include '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'.
Author Philip 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 will feature set and costume design by Tom Rogers, lighting design by Howard Hudson and sound design and composition by Richard Hammarton. It will be produced by Valerie Coward and Cat Botibol.
Grimm Tales for Young and Old is suitable for adults and 'brave children' aged 8 and up. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.