Years ago, as a 16 year old Drama student, I came to London for a week of theatre and musicals. I was swept up in the busyness of the city, the red double deckers, the brightly lit signs and bustling streets, the homeless man shouting “twat bubble” at us…I was well and truly bitten by the theatre bug and definitely in love with London. Zip forward to present day and it had been a long time since my last trip to the theatre. Like some sort of fairy godmother watching over me, I was given two tickets to see Grimm Tales at the Bargehouse, down by the Oxo Tower. And it was amazing!
This production of Phillip Pullman’s Grimm Tales covers the stories of Hansel and Gretel, The Frog King, and my favourite tale from the evening, The Three Little Men in the Woods, plus a few more.
Don’t let the words ‘immersive theatre’ put you off; there’s not a peep of audience participation in sight. Phew. But immersed into the world? Yes. You move from room to room, following the actors from one tale to another. The set design is brilliant and the attention to detail is out of this world- after the show had finished we were allowed to wander throughout the warehouse, fiddling with the set pieces. Can’t get that down Shaftesbury Avenue!
The show takes 2 and a half hours, including interval time and there are a couple of bars to keep you watered. You can also bring your drink in with you as you watch a tale unfold. No photos are allowed during the performances but you can snap away where you like the rest of the time. The costumes and use of props were so clever, and there’s a bit of puppetry too which made me feel like I was wrapped in a Labyrinth-meets-Tim Burton-meets-Narnia kind of magic. The production was just full of quirky charm and I can’t recommend it enough.
As we wandered around, we found secret rooms, peeked into dollhouses, tried on the ThousandFur coat, and…went to sleep.
Be sure to wrap up warm, the warehouse gets very cold, especially at the top. I had to nip my hat back on towards the end.
Also, try and nip one of these little beds during the interval to sip your drink from!
Grimm Tales runs until the 11th April and you can book your tickets here.
I loved every second of it!
^^thanks to Borkowski for comping me the tickets!^^