Arts & Culture

BalletLORENT’s Rumpelstiltskin at the Oxford Playhouse Friday 1 & Saturday 2 June 2018

By Sarah Edwards

Multi award-winning dance theatre company balletLORENT returns to Oxford Playhouse on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 June with their original adaptation of the classic fairy tale, Rumpelstiltskin, directed by Liv Lorent and retold by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

Following their critically acclaimed Rapunzel (2013) and Snow White (2016), balletLORENT’s Rumpelstiltskin is the final part of its trilogy of Brothers Grimm stories. Full of action and humour this emotionally rich fairy tale is set in a rural world of sheep, straw, wool and spinning where the alchemist, Rumpelstiltskin is an outcast until he is revealed to be ‘the true prince that he was’.

Rumpelstiltskin is performed by eight world-class dancers who have been central to the choreographic development of the fairy tales and who have a diverse age range of 22-54 years. The professional ensemble will be joined by an intergenerational community cast from Oxfordshire, providing opportunities for young and older talent to take part. Ten local children, aged four to seven-years-old, were selected from a creative workshops programme at West Oxford Community Primary School. Four older people aged 65+ will also be selected to take part from workshops at Oxford Playhouse on 18 May.

Dance Exchange, NEWCASTLE

Liv Lorent said: ‘The children and older people who feature in our production of Rumpelstiltskin add an authenticity to the fairytale world we are creating. The wide age span of these guest performers comes closer to the reality of the communities we all inhabit. The children bring their own dynamic physicality, and the older cast are all dextrous knitters. We have found that our community casts share their creativity with us with great generosity and have enhanced our work with their individuality.’

With a score by five-time BAFTA nominated composer Murray Gold (Doctor Who), costumes designed by Michele Clapton (Game of Thrones, The Crown), and narration by actor Ben Crompton (Game of Thrones), this is dance theatre for 21st century audiences.

Tickets for Rumpelstiltskin at Oxford Playhouse start at £10 and are available from the Ticket Office on 01865 305305 or book online at

Photo Credit: Bill Cooper