Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Away with the Fairies; THEATRE Grimms: The Final Chapter Trafalgar Studios

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Away with the Fairies; THEATRE Grimms: The Final Chapter Trafalgar Studios

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Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD

LAST Christmas, Horla Theatre Company came to this venue and gave us a heart-warming adaptation of Dickens's A Christmas Carol. This year, unfortunately, they don't save us from tears, as they present a macabre, unedifying and hard-tofollow bunch of fairytales from around the world.

Horla have plundered the oeuvre of the Brothers Grimm three times previously, and there is an unpleasant whiff of the remainder shelf here, with Grimm and non-Grimm stories all ending up looking, well, grim.

Balladine, the opening piece from Poland, sets the dispiriting tone.

Firstly, there is some enjoyable scene setting from the six-strong cast of actor-musicians as a rich lord turns up unexpectedly, as rich lords are wont to do in fairytales.

Then, just when the story is about to conclude, the presentation collapses in on itself, occasioning a peremptory, unclear end. Snow White is afforded the same sort of short climactic shrift. …

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