Hansel and Gretel at The Gate, Cardiff

Yesterday we spent a wonderful hour watching a fabulous performance of Hansel and Gretel at The Gate in Cardiff.

We’d never been to The Gate before, it’s an Arts Centre located in Roath in a converted church. Parking is a little tricky so leave yourself time to find a space but it actually didn’t take us long to find one and walk over.

Inside there is a seating area with a cafe bar where you can grab a drink so we settled down with some coffee and waited to go through for the show to start.

As the venue is a converted church, seating is in pews, so you choose where to sit. The pews are raised on levels which is great for children as it means they can easily see and as the venue is small we were really close to the action. The stage was set with some Christmas trees which later revealed a spectacular gingerbread house.

(Photo credit: Lara Czornyj)

We are introduced to Hansel and Gretel and their lovely father and wicked stepmother. The story we are all familiar with is told through acting and song and I must say that it was fantastic. The singing was brilliant and the performance was totally engaging. The characters interact with the audience, involving the children and keeping them entertained for the whole show. All three of my children, aged 10, 6 and 3 enjoyed the whole performance with no fidgeting!

(Photo credit: Lara Czornyj)

(Photo credit: Lara Czornyj)

One of the highlights of the show was Ginger – the gingerbread puppet who helps to save the day and his gingerbread rap!

After the performance there was the chance to meet and greet the characters themselves (and they stayed in character) which was extra special! Little boy loved going up to them and chatting and there was the opportunity to take photos too.

(Photo credit: Lara Czornyj)

We left feeling wonderfully Chrismassy! There was a lovely community atmosphere about the place and it was much more relaxed and enjoyable in many ways than bigger shows we have seen at Christmas time. I’ll definitely be checking what else The Gate has coming out in the next few months because we thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.

Hansel and Gretel is showing until December 16th and you can book tickets online here.

Photo credit: Lara Czornyj

Disclosure – we were gifted tickets for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and our own.

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