Puppets tell the tale of Rumpelstiltskin


The much-loved story of Rumpelstiltskin will be brought to the stage tomorrow and Saturday at The Core at Corby Cube.

The Bedfordshire-based Theatre of Widdershins is behind this new puppet show production of Rumpelstiltskin And The Wheel of Fortune, following on from previous sell-out successes at The Core with The Elves And The Shoemaker and Three Billy Goats Gruff.

As the story goes, 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 fairy-tale characters, Rumpelstiltskin is arguably the most mixed up. He is helpful yet demanding, secretive yet noisy, short yet owning a name as long as his beard.

A spokesman said: “Not surprisingly, this story of transformation will make audiences laugh and gasp at the same time.”

The Theatre of Widdershins has been creating innovative and highly visual puppetry for more than 16 years.

The show, which is recommended for those aged four and above, can be seen at The Core at 11am and 2pm each day. Tickets cost £5.50 and can be booked by calling the box office on 01536 470470 or logging on to www.thecorecorby.com.