Kneehigh Theatre visits Liverpool’s Everyman for the first time with a new production of Hansel & Gretel, a fairytale first told by German brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.

Kneehigh aims to delight children and adults with its special brand of wit, charm, and storytelling.

The celebrated theatre company from Cornwall have promised a production that will be a tender, tasty and terrifying re-telling of the classic story, told through lively music, rough poetry, gadgets and gizmos, and with the help of some rather unlucky rabbits.

Re-imagining a fairytale is something Kneehigh have done with huge success before in productions such as Rapunzel and The Red Shoes. They have also entranced audiences throughout the UK with a joyful blend of anarchy and tenderness in adaptations of classics such as The Bacchae, which visited Liverpool’s Playhouse theatre in 2004, and Cymbeline.

Mike Shepherd, the director of Hansel & Gretel and founding father of Kneehigh, said: “We will honour the story rather than subvert; adaptation will come through the creative team. The show will be a celebration of human survival and our ability to find our way home.”

The cast and creative team includes writer Carl Grose, whose previous writing for Kneehigh includes Tristan & Yseult, along with Stu Barker, Giles King and Craig Johnson, who have performed for Kneehigh in a huge number of shows such as Don John, Tristan & Yseult, The Red Shoes, and Cymbeline and Ian Ross, who performed in Brief Encounter for Kneehigh.

Hansel & Gretel arrives to Liverpool on Tuesday 16 March and runs until Saturday 3 April, as part of a national tour.