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Hansel and Gretel 1998Scottish Opera

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The suitability of this darkly serious work for Christmas entertainment must remain debatable. This time the month of December was occupied by ten performances. The company did a couple in Glasgow before migrating to Edinburgh for a week, then back to Glasgow for the last five.

What might have been a routine revival of Mark Tinkler's production was distinguished first of all by the enthusiastic conducting of Richard Armstrong. The cast featured an excellent Witch by Anne-Marie Owens, with Phyllis Cannan (returning to Scottish Opera after a very long gap) as the children's mother, and Leah-Marian Jones a particularly good Hansel. The production had also been worked on and seemed more fluent than before - a pity it wasn't seen again.

Performance Cast


Leah-Marian Jones


Regina Nathan

Gertrude mother of Hansel and Gretel

Phyllis Cannan

Peter a broom maker and father of Hansel and Gretel

David Barrell


Daisy Henderson

Dew Fairy

Rachel Hynes


Anne-Marie Owens

Performance DatesHansel and Gretel 1998

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

2 Dec, 19.15 5 Dec, 14.15 15 Dec, 19.15 17 Dec, 19.15 19 Dec, 19.30 22 Dec, 19.15 23 Dec, 19.15

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

8 Dec, 19.15 10 Dec, 19.15 12 Dec, 19.15

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