What is that, trailing your footsteps, breathing softly down your neck?
Rediscover the magic and wonder of the original Grimm Tales, retold by master-storyteller Philip Pullman. In this stage version by Philip Wilson, you’ll meet the familiar characters – Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel – and some unexpected ones too, such as Hans-My-Hedgehog, the Goose Girl at the Spring and the remarkable Thousandfurs.
Full of deliciously dark twists and turns, the tales come to life in all their glittering, macabre brilliance – a delight for children and adults alike.
These Grimm Tales were first performed as immersive storytelling experiences underneath Shoreditch Town Hall, London, in 2014, and Bargehouse on the South Bank in 2015. They also offer plentiful opportunities for youth theatres, schools and amateur companies looking for a vivid new version of the classic fairytales.
Blog Post: Philip Pullman and Philip Wilson on what makes the Grimm Tales work so well on stage: 'What we find in them is a wonderful freedom and zest, entirely unencumbered by likelihood. The most marvellous or preposterous or hilarious or terrifying events happen with all the swiftness of dreams.' Read more >>
The First Set of Tales
Little Red Riding Hood
The Three Snake Leaves
The Juniper Tree
The Second Set of Tales
The Frog King, or Iron Heinrich
The Three Little Men in the Woods
The Goose Girl at the Spring
Hansel and Gretel
The Donkey Cabbage
'A genuine delight… a compelling and brilliant collection for varying abilities, rich with imagination… gives teachers versions of these stories that would work with any year group'
'Beautifully done, and thrilling to stumble upon... atmospheric to the point of inspiring awe'
‘A magic box of glittering surprises’
Philip Pullman is the author of several best-selling books, most notably the fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials and the fictionalised biography of Jesus, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ.
He was born in Norwich, England, in 1946 and grew up in Zimbabwe and Wales. He worked as a teacher for many years and his first children’s novel, Count Karlstein, came out in 1982. The Ruby in the Smoke, the first of the Sally Lockhart quartet of Victorian thrillers, was published in 1985.
He has won many awards for his children’s books, including the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children’s Book Award, the Smarties Prize, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and a CBE. His acclaimed fantasy trilogy, His Dark Materials (Scholastic Books in the UK and Knopf in the US), comprising Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, has been published in thirty-nine languages, and even in graphic novel form (with the French publishers, Gallimard). The first volume is now a major motion picture, released in 2007.
Philip’s other books for children and young adults include Clockwork, I Was a Rat!, and The New Cut Gang books; Thunderbolt’s Waxwork and The Gas-Fitter’s Ball.
In 2010 he published his controversial number-one bestseller The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ.
Philip Wilson is a theatre director and former Artistic Director of Salisbury Playhouse (2007–11).