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Grimm Tales: Singapore Repertory Theatre’s dark new theatre production

Angelic fairy tales are so last year. Make way, instead, for exciting new dark tales for adults, in the form of upcoming theatre production, Grimm Tales.

Except they’re not new, of course: these are the original tales told by two German brothers, Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm, in the 1800s – tales derived from German folklore in all their violent and often sexually explicit gory.

Grimm Tales is set to make black comedy of some of the most famous bedtime stories ever written, with tales including Hansel and Gretel, The Magic Table, Ashputtel (Cinderella), The Golden Goose, to name just a few.

Expect these original storylines to deviate a fair bit from the fairy tales you’re used to – the ones made warm and cuddly for children’s bedtime stories.

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You know how Cinderella’s evil step sisters couldn’t fit their ugly paws into the dainty glass slippers found by the prince after the ball, despite squeezing their hardest, allowing perfect-fit Cinderella to be crowned the prince’s true love?

Well, the un-edited version is far darker and wittier than you may have imagined and not for the faint-hearted; the nasty stepsisters cut off parts of their own feet (we warned you!) to fit them into the glass slippers, hoping to fool the handsome prince. If it weren’t for two sly pigeons who alert the prince to this trickery by pecking out the stepsister’s eyes and reducing them to spend the rest of their lives as blind beggars, then Cinderella may not have ended up with “the one” after all. Luckily for her, even in the original story she is allowed to live happily ever after.

Some of the other characters in these tales are less fortunate. We won’t tell you what happens to poor Hansel and Gretel in the Grimm version of the tale – you’ll have to see for yourself. Just bring a friend for company (and make sure they’re not a scaredy cat)!

Real danger lurks in Grimm Tales, with no Disney around to cutesy things up. The baddies might just even win in the end. Grim indeed!

The cast of Grimm Tales consists of graduating actors from The Young Co.’s two-year educational platform for 17-to-25-year-olds. Twenty or so of the best budding actors and actresses from the theatre skills programme were selected by The Singapore Repertory Theatre to star in the production.

Grimm Tales is recommended for ages 15 and above

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