Village hosts top festive tour

Rumpelstiltskin by the Northumberland Theatre Company
Rumpelstiltskin by the Northumberland Theatre Company

An acclaimed Alnwick-based theatre company will perform in Bamburgh tonight as part of its major tour over the Christmas and New Year period.

Northumberland Theatre Company (NTC) is on the road with an adaptation of Rumpelstiltskin, by award-winning children’s playwright Mike Kenny.

Mike said: “I have always had a fascination with fairy stories. The best fairy tales contain deep truths about living.

“I assume they were probably told in kitchens, around fires, probably the telly of their day. They’re stories that can grip you whatever your age. Rumpelstiltskin has always been one of my favourite stories, ever since I was young. And I’m not sure why.”

NTC, and the show’s, artistic director Gillian Hambleton said: “This adaptation by the acclaimed and Laurence Olivier award-winning children’s playright Mike Kenny is written in his inimitable style.

“The story is told in witty rhyming couplets with songs and music and is a bit dark and scary – just as a good fairy tale should be.”

In terms of the cast, NTC welcomes back Eleanor Dennison, Nigel Collins and Umar Ahmed, who will be joined by Sam Gannon and trainee Helen Cooper.

Tonight’s date in Bamburgh Pavilion is a little over halfway through the tour, which will have taken the company to nearly 40 venues by the time it ends on Sunday, January 25.

The Bamburgh show starts at 7pm. Tickets, £7.50 adults, children free, are available from the Wyndenwell or on the door.

The Gazette reviewed the show ahead of the tour’s start in December.