Dates for new show

Grimm Tales by the NTC'The Hare and The Hedgehog.'Eleanor Dennison. Louis Roberts,
Grimm Tales by the NTC'The Hare and The Hedgehog.'Eleanor Dennison. Louis Roberts,

It’s Christmas time. The season for lights, presents, mince pies, turkey dinners ... and of course, Northumberland Theatre Company’s (NTC) annual festive production.

The highly-regarded group is busily preparing for its up-coming seasonal show – Grimm Tales.

And it promises to be the perfect winter warmer for young and old alike.

Imaginative storytelling at its best, Carol Ann Duffy’s acclaimed adaption of Grimm Tales by the Brothers Grimm is a selection of dark and spooky stories, filled with music, scary moments and plenty of fun.

It is a combination of familiar and unfamiliar stories including The Golden Goose and The Musicians of Bremen.

NTC’s Gillian Hambleton, who is directing Grimm Tales, said: “The stories in this production are like winter’s tales and have a feel of sitting around the fire on a cold winter’s night and listening to different stories, so it seems an ideal match for the season.

“We have done a number of Brothers Grimm tales in the past, such as Hansel and Gretel, so this time we have chosen a collection of some of the lesser-known ones.”

She added: “This production is very much about story-telling. It has been great to rehearse and the show is a different style for us.

“There is a mix of stories – some are funny, others are daft, some are scary, but there will be something for everyone.”

The show’s cast is made up of Eleanor Dennison and Louis Roberts, as well as Umar Ahmed, who is a previous InterACT graduate, and trainee Luke MacGregor.

The fact that NTC is performing Grimm Tales is a present in itself for this group which was facing a grim future a little while ago.

But vital financial support has kept NTC very much alive and kicking.

Gillian said: “We are delighted to have got this far and this has been because of the support we have received, including from our audiences.

“It was looking tough for a time but people have rallied round and we are thrilled that we have got Grimm Tales out.

“But we do still need people’s support.”

For more details, visit or call 01665 602586. The show is suitable for ages six and over.