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Hansel & Gretel set to Sweeten Audiences at the MAC this Christmas

Hansel & Gretel set to Sweeten Audiences at the MAC this Christmas image

Belfastís award-winning arts venue, the MAC, is thrilled to announce that its 2017 Christmas show is Hansel & Gretel.

Running from 28 November to 7 January, this year’s festive show, proudly sponsored by Phoenix Natural Gas, is a modern take on the classic fairy tale.

Performed with enchanting staging, a local cast and an original acoustic score, the MAC’s own production of Hansel & Gretel will take audiences on a fun adventure where they will discover why friendship, laughter and family are essential for the perfect Christmas. Written by the MAC’s Creative Director Simon Magill and Author Stephen Beggs, audiences can expect many jokes, big songs and an all-important sweetie trail.

This version of Hansel & Gretel is like no other with a modern MAC twist. Separated from their parents, Hansel and his sister Gretel must work together to find their way and escape the clutches of an evil sweet shop owner. With plenty of mishaps and mischief along the away, audiences will be willing on the duo and their band of mystical friends.

Simon Magill, Creative Director at the MAC said, “This is a modern retelling of a childhood favourite. We have assembled a fantastic cast and production team and I cannot wait to see it come to life on stage.

“Each year our Christmas show is the centrepiece to our festive celebrations. From our Christmas light switch on, Phoenix sweetie shop, festive fairy tale readings, aMAZEing craft workshops; to our magical Christmas window; we have something for all ages to enjoy.

“Whether returning or new to the MAC – going to see a Christmas show is the perfect festive tradition.”

Geri Wright, Communications Manager at Phoenix Natural Gas says: “The MAC is an innovative and exciting partner, whose commitment to storytelling is clear in everything they do. We are thrilled to be partnering with them again for a second year and helping bring the magic of Hansel and Gretel to life for Christmas 2017.”

Tickets for Hansel and Gretel at the MAC are on-sale now, priced at £10 for children and £12.50-£25 for adults. Remember to book early to save more. This is an all-ages show but those aged 5+ will get the biggest kicks. For more information about the show or to book a ticket, visit or call (028) 9023 5053.

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