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Hansel and Gretel - Lowther Gardens, Lytham

Hansel and Gretel is the fourth of five summer holiday open-air offerings by Pendle-based Storytellers Theatre Company, each held in the delightful rose garden at the Lowther.

The sun shone, prams and pensioners shared spaces on the grass, the roses bloomed and the atmosphere was distinctly outdoorish.

And an excellent sound system ensured that every word was heard by all.

The versatile Ian Fox and Suzanne Fulton played all the roles – Hansel and Gretel, their very Lancashire parents, and the wicked witch.

The sinister story limits chances for comedy, but the six songs were lively and sung with some tuneful harmonies.

One more actor to deal solely with the narration would have opened up dramatic possibilities and given the hour-long show more pace, but you could only admire the ingenuity, energy and swift costume changes of the cast.

Suzanne Fulton’s Mother caught the eye, simultaneously appealing and grotesque with a distinct touch of the Les Dawsons.

Volunteers from the Friends of Lowther Gardens ensured that the rose garden was quiet and free from those wanting a freebie and the youthful audience was attentive. Just right for a warm summer afternoon.

Final show of the season is next Wednesday August 24, Alice in Wonderland, at 12.30 and 2.30 pm.