Wolf Witch Giant and Fairy relaxed at Linbury

Published: 3 November 2021
Reporter: Vera Liber

Wolf Witch Giant Fairy Credit: Illustration by Lousie Boulter

The Royal Opera House is to stage its first fully relaxed run of shows with Little Bulb's Wolf Witch Giant Fairy at Linbury Theatre, in association with Farnham Maltings.

Opening on 17 December, Wolf Witch Giant Fairy will be The Royal Opera’s first fully staged work in the Linbury Theatre since closure in March 2020 and the first run of fully relaxed performances at Covent Garden, allowing for noise and movement within the auditorium and re-entry, and including chill-out spaces.

Kate Wyatt, Creative Producer for the Royal Opera said, “we set out to explore the possibilities of combining extraordinary storytellers, theatre-makers and opera singers to see what we could we learn from each other. We’ve had the most joyful two years developing this show and can’t wait for audiences to join us. This is a production for everyone, and the whole run will be made up of relaxed performances, designed to immerse audiences in Little Bulb’s magical world of fairy tales. We invite you to get lost in our enchanted woodland, meeting both well-known characters and new faces along the way.”

Little Bulb added “one of the things we love about opera is the high drama, and stories don’t come much more dramatic than the story of Little Red Riding Hood who enters Grandmother’s cottage only to find a terrifying Wolf there instead. In our Red Riding Hood, we have a heroine who is adventurous, kind and takes no nonsense. On her way to Grandmother’s cottage, she travels through the fairytale wood and in the process gets sucked into all kinds of other strange tales. She meets an evil Witch and an arrogant Giant—as for the Fairy, you’ll have to wait and see…”

A ‘Fairytales and Magic’ Family Sunday will run from 10AM on Sunday 28 November, featuring witch-themed recitals, stage fighting workshops, barre classes, storytelling, colouring and more.