The True Story of Hansel and Gretel

Dublin Theatre Festival premiere


About the Show

"Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairytales again."   –   C.S. Lewis

Fear is everywhere and you must not stray from the simple path. Into this world of threat and temptation two children are born. Their names have come down to us through the ages. But who were they first? From what reality was their legend born? What truth was so terrible that adults began to lie?

This is the True Story of Hansel and Gretel, a deliciously dark musical fable featuring live music and an original score, this play explores the darker colours of the rainbow in this bold retelling of a tale by the Brothers Grimm.

The True Story of Hansel and Gretel premiered at Dublin Theatre Festival 2015.

Age Recommendation: 12+ and adults of all ages.

The True Story of Hansel and Gretel was presented by Theatre Lovett in association with Riverbank Arts Centre.

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Creative Team

Writer: Louis Lovett
Director: Muireann Ahern
Set and Lighting Designer: Zia Bergin Holly
Costume Designer: Liadain Kaminska
Make up Artist: Lorraine McCrann
Composer: Louis Lovett and Nico Brown
Prop Maker and Scenic Artist: Molly O'Cathain
Producer: Muireann Ahern


Martin Brunsden
Clara Harte
Raymond Keane
Louis Lovett
Amelie Metcalfe
Michele Moran
Joseph McCarthy
Barry Grenham


Isabel Costa Macedo
Charlene Craig
Rachael Hanaphy-Pigott
Cherley Kane
Donncha McDonagh
Max O'Neill