National Theatre presents Hansel and Gretel tale

The popular National Theatre in London Southbank is planning a festive production of a famous fairy tale.

Hansel and Gretel will provide entertainment for families enjoying Christmas stays in central London hotels this December and January in a new stage production.

Written in the 1800s, the story features two children who get lost in the woods and want to find their way back home. However, they face a number of adventures in the magical forest when they stumble upon a gingerbread house owned by a wicked witch.

Opening for previews on December 7th, the play will run until January 26th and tickets are available from £12 each – although they are selling quickly so anyone wanting to see the new production should book seats as soon as possible.

Described by the National Theatre's website as an "enchanting and eerie Christmas treat, especially suitable for seven to ten year-olds", the adaption is a collaboration between writer Lucy Kirkwood, designer Vicki Mortimer and director Katie Mitchell.

Mitchell has worked on many successful projects at the National Theatre such as The Cat in The Hat and Beauty and The Beast, with the latter was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Entertainment.

A trip to the theatre could be combined with some skating at the nearby Somerset House ice rink. The recently opened 900-metre-square ice rink is constructed every year and is one of the most popular in the capital.

As well as free skating, families with young children can take advantage of the special Penguin Club sessions and there are lessons for adults wanting to skate for the first time.

For those wishing to just watch the skating, then Tom's Skate Lounge offers various snacks and hot drinks.

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