An Irish National Opera, Theatre Lovett and Abbey Theatre co-production

Hansel and Gretel (Tour)

8 February - 7 March 2020

by Engelbert Humperdinck

Booking Information

On the Abbey Stage: 8 – 15 February
On tour: 18 February – 7 March

Times: Mon – Sat 7.30pm

Tickets: €13 – €45 / Conc. €13 – €32

Early bird tickets available until 23 December

Age Guidance: Suitable for adults of all ages and children 9+

Running Time: 2 hours, including a 20-minute interval

To book for a group of 6+ call (01) 87 97 222

Trouble at home. Two hungry children lost in a haunted forest.

The lure of a gingerbread house. The frightening hocus pocus of the predatory Witch. And the smarts of the children who triumph in the end… all wrapped up in the delicious sound world of Engelbert Humperdinck’s operatic masterpiece.

One of the greatest operas about children, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel is sweet and beguiling, combining childlike simplicity with heart-aching beauty.

Irish National Opera, Theatre Lovett and the Abbey Theatre collaborate on this compelling three-act opera, reimagined in a mysterious modern setting.

Don’t be fooled. This is a story of greed and starvation, mouth-wateringly sugar-coated.

Sung in English with English surtitles.


Out of the Abbey 


'utterly delightful... should not be missed'
Sunday Independent

'a treat for both the eyes and ears'
The Business Post

'music to put a smile on your face... much provocative material to chew on'
Irish Independent

'there is flamboyance, playfulness and imagination, all enthusiastically generated by Theatre Lovett'
The Irish Times

'[the] singing, music, and performances are just sublime'
The Arts Review

'an opera for a modern and changing Ireland'

Audience Reaction 


Production Images 

Images © Pat Redmond

Company Interview 

Directors’ Interview 

Rehearsal Images 

Images © Ste Murray


  • Hansel: Raphaela Mangan (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Gretel: Amy Ní Fhearraigh (Soprano)
  • Mother: Miriam Murphy (Soprano)
  • Father: Ben McAteer (Baritone)
  • Witch: Carolyn Dobbin (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Sandman and Dew Fairy: Emma Nash (Soprano)
  • The Night Watchman: Raymond Keane
  • Lost Children: Amelie Metcalfe, Ronan Millar
  • Composer: Engelbert Humperdinck
  • Libretto: Adelheid Wette
  • Translation: David Pountney
  • Conductor: Richard Peirson
  • Directors: Muireann Ahern and Louis Lovett
  • Set and Costume Design: Jamie Vartan
  • Lighting Design: Sarah Jane Shiels
  • Video Design: Jack Phelan
  • Sound Editor: Carl Kennedy
  • Violin 1: Sarah Sew
  • Violin 2: Larissa O'Grady
  • Viola: Andreea Banciu
  • Flute: Ríona Ó Duinnín
  • Clarinet: Conor Sheil
  • Horn: Liam Duffy
  • Piano: Richard Peirson
  • Publicity Image: Ros Kavanagh
  • Rehearsal Images: Ste Murray
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