Once upon a time, there was a faraway land ruled by a vain and foolish Emperor. And in that far country lived a woodcutter, his wife, and their two children, Hansel and Gretel…’ Thus a brace of well-known traditional stories are cunningly woven together into one rattling good pantomime adventure.
First we have Hansel and Gretel, complete with innocent urchins, gloomy forests, walking, talking trees and bushes, sparkling gingerbread houses and three wickedly over-the-top witches.
But this gloomy forest lies in the way-out realm of Miscellania, where the buffoon of an Emperor is more concerned with high fashion than good government, and thereby falls victim to perhaps the most famous scam in folklore and legend…
Fortunately, the Emperor’s dashing son, Prince Ivor, is on hand to confound the dastardly dinner plans of the evil witches, and the schemes of artful confidence tricksters Twill and Tweed – although not quite in time to save the Emperor from the ultimate embarrassment…
A very funny, fast moving panto, featuring a wealth of great characters.
Cast: Principals 10M, 8F with some doubling possible. 6+ extras required, M or F.
Provision is made in the script for the inclusion of ten musical numbers.
Written by Sheila Bird and Richard Lloyd
Storyteller, opens proceedings
Hansel, a boy
Gretel, a girl
Emperor Vladimir Chestycov, vain, stupid, and has a lisp
Chancellor, the Emperor’s straight man
Prince Ivor Chestycov, the Emperor’s son and principal boy
Philip O’Fish, a friend for the principal boy
Miss Evadne Givings, palace housekeeper and pantomime dame
Harris Tweed, a con artist, comic bright
Cavalry Twill, Tweed’s sidekick, comic thick – very thick
A Woodcutter, has a spell cast on him
Anna Nutherthing, principal girl, works as a skivvy at the palace
Milly Pead, a friend for the principal girl
Anathema, wicked Stepmother and witch‚ warty at first, becoming sophisticated
Bindweed, evil witch – traditional
Hagather, evil witch – lost the plot
Pustule, an evil moggy
Dryad, a good fairy and spirit of the forest
Tree, like Treebeard, only cheaper
Bush, grouchy undergrowth
A herald, one liner
A prompt – Can serve as real prompt, but also has a small part.