“Once upon a time a very poor woodcutter lived in a tiny cottage in the forest with his two children, Hansel and Gretel…”

The Pimlott Foundation is delighted to present a full scale production of Humperdinck’s fairy tale opera at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester.


A professional cast and orchestra is joined by a youth chorus and ensemble from local schools. Experience first class opera and be transported away as Humperdinck’s sumptuous music comes to life in this dramatic adaptation of the well- known fairy tale.

It forms part of The Pimlott Foundation’s aim to bring together aspiring performers with professionals, and promote concerts and live music, while also delivering an educational programme, supporting performing arts in East Anglia.

The Hansel and Gretel project is actively engaging a range of arts and education partners in the local area – Essex Music Hub, Mercury Theatre, a professional orchestra, 3 rural primary schools:
Langham Primary School, Chase Lane Primary School, Harwich and Stratford St Mary Primary School and 3 Essex secondary schools: Tendring Technology College, Thomas Lord Audley School, Thurstable School, Tiptree – to produce an opera allowing young performers to work alongside professional musicians and actors.