Puppets tell spellbinding tale

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Children will be held spellbound by the tale of a greedy king, a miller’s daughter and an eccentric dwarf.

Theatre Of Widdershins returns to Corby with their new production of Rumpelstiltskin And The Wheel Of Fortune, on Friday and Saturday February 15-16, following their previous sell-out success at The Core with The Elves And The Shoemaker and Three Billy Goats Gruff.

Poor Polly Buckwheat, the miller’s daughter, is in a bit of a pickle; if she doesn’t turn a roomful of straw into gold by morning, the greedy king will turn a bit nasty. But should she accept the kind help of an eccentric dwarf who mysteriously appears in her prison cell?

Of all the fairytale characters Rumpelstiltskin has got to be the most mixed up. He is helpful yet demanding; secretive yet noisy; short yet owning a name as long as his beard. This story of transformation will make audiences laugh and gasp at the same time.

Bedfordshire-based puppet theatre company Theatre Of Widdershins have been creating highly visual and innovative puppetry for more than 16 years. Using its trademark puppets, music, storytelling and transforming sets, Widdershins aims to create gold on stage with this new version of the Grimms’ classic tale.

Performances of Rumpelstiltskin And The Wheel Of Fortune – which are ideal for ages four and above – can be seen at The Core at 11am and 2pm on Friday and Saturday, February 15-16. Tickets, priced £5.50 each, can be booked by calling the ticket line on 01536 470 470 or online at www.thecorecorby.com.

There are also free pre-show craft sessions available before the performances, which can be booked at the same time as buying tickets for the show.