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Paul Boyd's musical of Hansel & Grettel has been regularly staged since it premiered in 1997 and has consistently been one of Paul’s most successful productions across Ireland and the USA.
Now it is set to return to the UK in an all-new version that features updated music and songs and a revised book.
The very first production of Hansel & Grettel was in 1997 at the Riverside Theatre in Coleraine (in Northern Ireland), and featured Paul in the role of Hansel and Irish writer and broadcaster Tara Flynn (who fifteen years later would appear in the original cast of Paul’s musical Molly Wobbly’s Tit Factory) as Grettel. The original 1997 cast also featured Laurence Connor as Fats the Frog - Laurence is now best known as a director of musicals having staged, among other things, the national tours of Phantom of the Opera and Jesus Christ Superstar, the West End revival of Miss Saigon, the Broadway/West End musical School of Rock, and Andrew Lloyd-Webber's Bad Cinderella.
The show’s second production, produced by the Lyric Theatre Belfast in 1999, broke box office records, and featured vocals performed by West End and Broadway star Rachel Tucker.
In February 2008 Hansel & Grettel enjoyed its USA premiere at Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in a hugely successful new staging by Dreamchild Productions which was later revived at Miramar Cultural Center, Florida, in November 2009 in a version co-produced with Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
In 2010 Paul Boyd directed a new staged concert version of Hansel & Grettel, premiering the show’s first extensive script and music revisions in thirteen years, at the New Wimbledon Studio in London. Paul then directed the Lyric Theatre Belfast’s 15th Anniversary production of Hansel & Grettel which ran from 2nd December 2012 - 13th January 2013.
The show is returning to the UK stage later this year in a revised version featuring new songs and an updated score; Hansel & Grettel will be produced by The Stage 100 Award winners Creation Theatre (who had great success with Paul's The Tale of the Beauty and the Tail of the Beast in 2022/23) at Oxford's beautiful North Wall Theatre from 1st December 2024 until 4th January 2025. To book click here.
"Paul Boyd knows how to strike a chord ... a superb production ... you really can’t afford to miss this"
Hansel & Grettel is a full-length musical that tells the story of two children, two desperate parents, and an ill-advised trip into the woods where the children meet a bird, a frog and a witch with a most unusual taste in home decor. The show is performed by a multi-roleplaying cast of six aided and abetted by wonderful wishes and wise words. Featuring the songs “A World Without Children” and “The Wish Song” as well as Hansel and Grettel’s ballad “Lost and Alone”, Fats the Frog’s “The Greens”, and the Witch’s hysterical show-stopper “Children’s Portions” - all rounded off with pbm's most popular and exciting mega-mix finale!
Riverside Theatre, Coleraine November - December 1997
Lyric Theatre, Belfast November 1999 - January 2000
An Grianán Theatre, Co. Donegal Nov - December 2001
The Market Place Theatre, Armagh December 2002
Pavilion Theatre, Co. Dublin Dec 2005 – Jan 2006
Broward Center, Fort Lauderdale FL, USA February 2008
Miramar Cultural Center, Miramar, FL November 2009
New Wimbledon Studio, London May 2010
Lyric Theatre, Belfast December 2012 - January 2013
Paul Boyd's hit family musical - staged around the world since 1997 - is returning to the UK in 2024 in a great new production featuring updated songs and a revised score!
"a most enchanting production ... Boyd’s appealing musical is easily the best piece of entertaining theatre I have seen all year" Irish News
"just what a delight ... you know that if Cameron Mackintosh would throw some of his millions at them they could storm the West End with this ... don’t miss the show’s OTT finale which blitzes on just when you think it’s all over" Belfast News Letter
"Boyd gives full recognition to the fact that the best stories are often the scariest in a witty, clearly told story" Irish Times
"Simply the best ... a show not to be missed" Coleraine Times
"Paul Boyd knows how to strike a chord ... a superb production ... you really can’t afford to miss this" Belfast Telegraph
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LOST AND ALONE
this version released on the ONE NIGHT STAND album - click here
2013 - Lyric Theatre, Belfast
photos by Lyric Theatre Belfast
2002 - Market Place Theatre, Armagh
photos by pbm
2001 - An Grianan Theatre, Co. Donegal
photos by An Grianan Theatre
1999 - Lyric Theatre, Belfast
photos by Lyrc Theatre Belfast
AUDIO SAMPLES (from previous version)
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A WORLD WITHOUT CHILDREN
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