"THE MUSIC AND THEATRICAL VISION OF PAUL BOYD ... A TRULY CLASS ACT" Irish Times
trailer for the 15th Anniversary production
Paul Boyd's musical of Hansel & Grettel has been staged in nine professional productions since it premiered in 1997 and has consistently been one of Paul’s most successful productions across Ireland and the USA.
The very first production of the show was staged in 1997 at the Riverside Theatre in Coleraine, and featured Paul in the role of Hansel, and Irish comic Tara Flynn (who fifteen years later would appear in the original cast of Paul’s musical Molly Wobbly’s Tit Factory) as Grettel. The original 1997 cast also featured Laurence Connor as Fats the Frog; Laurence is now best known as a director of musicals, having staged, among other things, the 25th Anniversary productions of both Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall, the national tours of Phantom of the Opera and Jesus Christ Superstar (The Arena Tour), the West End revival of Miss Saigon, and the Broadway musical School of Rock.
The show’s second production, produced by the Lyric Theatre Belfast in 1999, broke box office records, and remains the theatre's most commercially successful stage production.
"Paul Boyd knows how to strike a chord ... a superb production ... you really can’t afford to miss this"
In February 2008 Hansel & Grettel enjoyed its USA premiere at Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in a hugely successful new staging by Dreamchild Productions which was revived at Miramar Cultural Center, Florida, from 2nd - 7th November 2009 in a version co-produced with Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
In 2010 Paul Boyd directed a new staged concert version of Hansel & Grettel, premiering the show’s first extensive script and music revisions in thirteen years, at the New Wimbledon Studio in London. The current version of Hansel & Grettel features this newly revised script and an updated musical score.
Paul Boyd directed the Lyric Theatre Belfast’s 15th Anniversary production of Hansel & Grettel which ran from 2nd December 2012 - 13th January 2013.
Hansel & Grettel is a full-length musical that tells the story of two children, two desperate parents, and an ill-advised trip into the woods where the children meet a bird, a frog and a witch with a most unusual taste in home decor. The show is performed by a multi-roleplaying cast of six aided and abetted by wonderful wishes and wise words. Featuring the songs “A World Without Children” and “The Wish Song” as well as Hansel and Grettel’s ballad “Lost and Alone”, Fats the Frog’s “The Greens”, and the Witch’s hysterical show-stopper “Children’s Portions” - all rounded off with pbm's most popular and exciting mega-mix finale!
"a most enchanting production ... Boyd’s appealing musical is easily the best piece of entertaining theatre I have seen all year" Irish News
"just what a delight ... you know that if Cameron Mackintosh would throw some of his millions at them they could storm the West End with this ... don’t miss the show’s OTT finale which blitzes on just when you think it’s all over"
Belfast News Letter
"Boyd gives full recognition to the fact that the best stories are often the scariest in a witty, clearly told story" Irish Times
"Simply the best ... a show not to be missed" Coleraine Times
"Paul Boyd knows how to strike a chord ... a superb production ... you really can’t afford to miss this" Belfast Telegraph
HANSEL & GRETTEL
Riverside Theatre, Coleraine November - December 1997
Lyric Theatre, Belfast November 1999 - January 2000
An Grianán Theatre, Co. Donegal Nov - December 2001
The Market Place Theatre, Armagh December 2002
Pavilion Theatre, Co. Dublin Dec 2005 – Jan 2006
Broward Center, Fort Lauderdale FL, USA February 2008
Miramar Cultural Center, Miramar, FL November 2009
New Wimbledon Studio, London May 2010
Lyric Theatre, Belfast December 2012 - January 2013