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This winter, Philip Pullman’s compelling Grimm Tales return in a brand new immersive storytelling experience that will plunge adults and children alike into the subversive world of the Brothers Grimm.
An enticingly foreboding shadow is descending over the sprawling Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf on London’s South Bank. Here, these delightfully twisted tales, lovingly crafted and theatrically reimagined, will be brought to life before your very eyes.
Do you dare experience these infamous fairy tales, no longer bound to their pages but trailing your footsteps, breathing softly down your neck and unravelling in wonder before your eyes? From The Frog King to Hansel & Gretel, you’ll encounter some unforgettable characters from Philip Pullman’s book, in a deliciously dark winter experience full of unexpected twists and turns.
Philip Pullman (author of Grimm Tales for Young and Old):
"When I saw this team’s previous production at Shoreditch Town Hall, I was thrilled with the vividness and fidelity with which they’d carried the tales from the page to the performance space. Imagination, wit, a mastery of all the theatrical possibilities of lighting and costume and make-up and the simple magic of transformation all combined in an experience that was a joy to encounter. I’m sure the venerable Brothers Grimm themselves, if they could see it, would be as delighted as I was."
Philip Wilson (Director & Adapter):
"I love the fact that, in German, these are known as 'wonder tales' rather than the more twee term 'fairy tales': and so audiences coming to the Bargehouse will find themselves plunged into a parallel universe in which extraordinary adventures happen - and the darker side of these stories will come to light... "
Val Coward (Producer):
"We’re transplanting Pullman’s Grimm Tales into the raw, atmospheric rooms of the iconic Bargehouse. It’s a real flesh-and-blood rendering; you’re literally in the witch’s cottage with Hansel & Gretel and you can really sense the magic and delight in the players and audience as each story unfolds. We’re so excited to be bringing these tales to the South bank and everyone here will enjoy this, from kids and their grown-ups to the rest of us who enjoy a fantastic tale or two."
A beautiful princess cuts a deal with an ugly, well-dwelling frog to get back her beloved golden ball. Her promise is ambiguous, but he gets all amphibious and hops along to the palace to collect his well-earned prize. But ugly is only skin-deep of course, as the princess duly discovers when her temper frays.
In an age of austerity you have to shed the non-essentials, so Hansel & Gretel’s parents ditch the kids in the woods. The children’s rumbling tummies lead them to a freshly baked cottage and a rancid old witch. But the siblings have dealt with evil adults before; it takes more than a cackle and a cauldron to outsmart these young’uns.
Loyal servant Johannes pledges to watch over a young king, but when he fails to protect HRH from a pin-up princess with a penchant for golden trinkets, three clairvoyant ravens foretell the increasingly bizarre tasks he must carry out in order to save his master’s life. The only thing is… if he tells the king about it, he’s as good as dead.
"No offence, Dad, but I won’t marry you." Escaping from her insanely amorous father the king, a princess disguises herself in a coat of many furs and ends up washing dishes in the castle of a neighbouring, non-bonkers young king. After Thousandfurs crashes a few royal raves, the king gets an inkling that the dishwasher is quite a dish herself.
An old woman who lives with her geese incites the customary fear and suspicion from the locals, but holds a kindly secret. After begrudgingly doing her a favour, a young count leaves with the gift of an emerald box; a glimmer of hope for a grieving king and queen. With their jewel of a clue, the courtly three return to the goosey gaff – to find a pearl of a surprise.
While searching for summer strawberries in the winter snow on the say-so of her diabolical stepmother, a girl happens upon a trio of eccentric little men who reward her generosity with magical gifts. However, when her jealous stepsister tries the same tack, she gets the opposite results. Our good girl is whisked off by a king to get hitched, but the subterfuge of her step-relations knows no end. Until the very end.
Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales for Young and Old is:
- An approximately 2 hours 35 minutes immersive theatre performance (plus interval and post-show wandering time)
- For everyone over the age of 8
- An immersive show taking you on a journey over five floors to experience five tales
A cloakroom is available and you will be asked to check bags in. We advise you to wear relatively warm clothing so you may wish to hang on to your jackets/coats. We also recommend comfortable footwear.
Due to the restrictions of the building and the temporary nature of the event, Bargehouse is unable to accommodate visitors who rely on lift access. Please contact email@example.com before booking to avoid disappointment.
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Adults: From £45
Children under 16: £20
Family Ticket (2 Adults and 2 Children): £125
Group rate available for 10+ Adults: £30
Student and educational group rate available for 10+: £25
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 08444 124 650 for all student and group sales.
Additional booking charges may apply.
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Tickets available from calendar below or from Billetto
Enjoy a selection of cocktails, beers, wine and soft drinks in the Grimm pop-up bar at Bargehouse. Twisted snacks also available.
Open: 1 hour before the first performance of the day (check the calendar for times)
The following will be available to purchase at the show:
- Grimm Tales programme featuring exclusive show artwork and interviews with Philip Pullman and Philip Wilson.
- Exclusive, limited-edition Grimm Tales tote bags.
- Philip Pullman Grimm Tales For Young and Old books.
Get your claws on a series of limited edition tote bags. There are 4 designs to choose from, each featuring a different classic fairytale quote. Get yours at the show while stocks last. Use it as a book bag, take it to the beach, bring it to work, or fill it with cake and wine to take to your Granny.
Recent credits include Grimm Tales (Shoreditch Town Hall), Toro! Toro! (national tour), The Three Lions (Pleasance, Edinburgh), Twist of Gold (Polka), 66 Books (Bush), Earnest / Travesties (Birmingham Rep) and The Norman Conquests (Liverpool Playhouse). Philip was the Artistic Director of Salisbury Playhouse, 2007-11.
Over 20 years of experience in the creative events industry, Val has devised and produced site-specific theatre and live events in a wide range of challenging venues, from transforming Leadenhall Market into a ballroom, to creating a circus out of a city atrium. Most recently she was a producer for Grimm Tales (Shoreditch Town Hall), and producer and business development consultant for the Old Vic Tunnels.
Executive producer for Grimm Tales (Shoreditch Town Hall), Cat was shortlisted in 2011 for the Hospital Club’s Top 100 list of emerging influential people in the creative and media industries. Cat is Creative Development Director of pd3 – a culture marketing agency with 15 years’ experience creating entertainment content and experiences for brands such as O2, Sony, AEG, Live Nation, Ray-Ban, Nike and Victorinox.
Tom trained at Motley. His most recent productions include: Grimm Tales (Shoreditch Town Hall), Happy Days – A New Musical (National Tour), My Judy Garland Life (Nottingham Playhouse), Moominland Midwinter (Theatre Royal Bath), The Recruiting Officer (Salisbury Playhouse) and The Witches of Eastwich (Watermill).
Recent work includes Grimm Tales (Shoreditch Town Hall), Sizwe Bansi is Dead (Young Vic) and Fault Lines (Hampstead Theatre). Richard’s music has been heard on the BBC and ITV in Britain and WGBH in America.
Howard received the Off West End Award for Best Lighting Design in 2011 and 2012. Recent work includes Grimm Tales (Shoreditch Town Hall), La Cage Aux Folles (Aarhus, Denmark); Cornelius (59E59, New York); Toro! Toro! (UK Tour); Long Day’s Journey Into Night (City Hall, Bermuda); Titanic (Southwark Playhouse).
Puppets designed by Alison and Horse & Bamboo.
Assistant Production Manager.
Oxo Tower Wharf is a creative hub and home to over twenty independent design shops selling imaginative ceramics, textiles, lighting, quirky interior accessories, fashion and art. Arrive early and check them out.
The nearest underground stations to Bargehouse are Blackfriars (Circle and District) – 5-10 minute walk, Southwark (Jubilee Line) – 10-15min walk, and Waterloo (Jubilee, Northern and Bakerloo lines) – 10-15 minute walk.
Overground connections go from Waterloo, Waterloo East, Blackfriars and Charing Cross. Blackfriars is a 5-10 minute walk from Bargehouse, both Waterloo and Waterloo East are approx.10-15 minute walk from Bargehouse.
There are good bus links from both London Bridge and Waterloo areas. The RV1 and 381 bus run from London Bridge to Waterloo and stop close to Oxo Tower Wharf.
1,4,26,59,68,76,168,171,172,176,188, 243, 341, 501, 521, X68 to Waterloo Bridge.
45, 63, 100 to Blackfriars Bridge.
381 to Stamford Street.
There is no parking on site, however there are 2 car parks within 5 minutes’ walk: Cornwall Road car park – underground and open 24 hours; and the street-level Doon Street car park (entrance on Upper Ground opposite the National Theatre). Both car parks are operated by Apcoa Parking UK. We recommend contacting them by phone on 020 7620 0357 to confirm opening and closing times.
Please check the TfL website for up-to-date travel information: here
Vincent Kamp is the creator of Robotslayer
Paul Tully is founder of creative agency pd3
Valerie Coward is Director of Pathfinder Productions
In this beautiful book of classic fairytales, award-winning author Philip Pullman has chosen his fifty favourite stories from the Brothers Grimm and presents them in a 'clear as water' retelling, in his unique and brilliant voice. These new versions show the adventures at their most lucid and engaging yet. Pullman's Grimm Tales of wicked wives, brave children and villainous kings will have you reading, reading aloud and rereading them for many years to come. Books are on sale from the Bargehouse or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a sales enquiry.