Hansel and Gretel

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A beautifully epic new version of The Brothers Grimm’s fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel, by Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, transforms the Globe Theatre this winter.

The boy’s name was Hansel. The girl’s name was Gretel.

The dad was a woodcutter. The mum was a bread maker.

In the rubble of their war-torn village, the woodcutting dad and the breadmaking mum decide that the only chance they have to give their children a safer life is to lead them – and leave them – in the woods. Left to fend for themselves, Hansel and Gretel’s plans to find their way home get side-tracked, quite literally, by a trail of treats too good to resist and a strange old lady with a plan of her own…

Filled with music, magic, songs and a sprinkling of hope, the stage premiere of this new production of Simon Armitage’s poem, directed by Nick Bagnall (Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Globe), is the perfect treat for everyone aged 5+.

‘A road made of bits of bread, says she? Yes, a road, and a road we can eat – follow me!’

Content Guidance: The show contains references to conflict and war.

Allergy guidance: This performance uses inflatable props containing latex products, which will pass through the audience. Please contact the ticketing team on 020 7401 9919 or [email protected] if you would like further details. 


Peak performances
Galleries (Seating) £59 – £20
Standing £10, £5

Off-peak performances
Galleries (Seating) £42 – £20
Standing £10, £5

Half-price seated tickets for under-18s are available for all performances.

This event is on-site in the Globe Theatre

Running time Approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes, including a 20-minute interval

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Photographer: Elise Humphrey
Art Direction: John Overeem

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Feature Trailer (2023)

'Hansel and Gretel' – The opening song live in rehearsals

Hear the Hansel and Gretel company rehearse the show’s toe-tapping opening number in this exclusive first look at the production.

Hansel and Gretel in rehearsals (2023)

Simon Armitage reads from Hansel and Gretel - 'Sugar'

'Baking the Globe Theatre': The making of the Hansel and Gretel poster (2023)

Teaser Trailer (2023)


Introducing the company of Hansel and Gretel



We provide Access Resources for Audio Described and Relaxed performances, these will be added in time for the first of each of those access performances and will be available for all performances after that date