Rumpelstiltskin – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

The national performance by the balletLORENT theatre company made its way to the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield to showcase their latest production – an adaptation of the fairytale of Rumpelstiltskin.

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It’s difficult to write a review of a performance without giving away any particular surprises, especially when the story is well known, so here are a few reasons why you should go to see the performance:

  • It is a professional production. The narrator is from the Game of Thrones, the Artistic Director has an MBE and the composer has worked on Doctor Who – they know what they are doing and it shows in a very polished performance.
  • You don’t have to take the kids! Whilst it is a fairytale storyline, if you’re child free, you will enjoy it just as much as those who take children along!
  • It is just long enough for the kids. The first half is 30 minutes long and the second half is 40 minutes long, with a 20 minute interval. Heidi (aged 4) struggled with the last 5 minutes, but the length was just right.
  • The sheep!! Not wanting to give any surprises, but the acting by the sheep was amazing. I am sure that a few of the audience thought that they were real!!

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The performance is aimed for children 7+ and that feels right as there are a few dark moments in the first half. With Heidi being 4, she struggled in the last 5 minutes of the show (the sugar rush had worn off!), but really understood the storyline, so it depends on the maturity of your child.

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Whilst this is a national production, if you’re going to see it at the Lawrence Batley Theatre and have never been, there is a multi-story car park quite close and as the theatre isn’t huge, it means that the seats generally have good views (and decent legroom!)

Full disclosure: I was provided free tickets for the purposes of this review, but the views are my own and have not been influenced or edited.


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