His Dark Materials author Philip Pullman is set to bring Grimm’s Fairy Tales to life at the Bargehouse on London’s South Bank
Grimm Productions will premiere Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales for Young and Old, adapted and directed by Philip Wilson, at Oxo Tower Warf from 21 November to 15 February 2015.
The venue will feature overgrown forests, slaughterhouse kitchens, crumbling industrial castles and dilapidated attic ballrooms.
Audiences will be guided by 16 storytellers, shifting between voyeur and adventurer, while navigating the ‘disorienting’ structure.
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.
“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,” said author Philip Pullman. “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.