Originally part of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, The Elves and the Shoemakers has been adapted for the stage by Mike Kenny.
Two old and poor shoemakers can’t even afford to buy each other Christmas presents. With no wood for the fire and only one piece of leather left to make shoes, there is little festival spirit in the shoemakers’ shop. But one night, just as the snow begins to fall outside and the clock strikes midnight, two mischievous elves appear at the window…
The classic fairytale is brought to life with live music, puppetry and lots of theatre magic this December. Following the success of last year’s Studio Christmas production, York Theatre Royal Associate Director Juliet Forster is directing this heartwarming show. The dream team of creatives includes writer Mike Kenny and composer Ivan Scott, who were both involved in tutti frutti’s production of Snow Queen.
The cast includes Niall Costigan and Peyvand Sadeghian with the mischievous elves made by Peter O’Rourke. He made the puppets on the Theatre Royal’s summer hit The Secret Garden so I’m sure these cheeky creations will be just fantastic.
Catch The Elves and the Shoemakers at York Theatre Royal Studio from 11 December to 5 January.
Photography credited to Charlie Kirkpatrick