The Scottish ballet are celebrating 50 years of inspiring audiences on and off stage, sharing their passion for creating exceptional dance. As part of this celebration they are bringing Wee Hansel and Gretel to Stornoway - A wee version of a big ballet. The show will be on twice a day at 11am and 1.30pm on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 July in An Lanntair.

The Scottish Ballet said: '2019 is our 50th anniversary, and we want you to be a part of it.  

'Join Hansel & Gretel as they go on an adventure deep into the woods… Along the way you’ll meet a rather beguiling Witch and her mysterious raven, before arriving in an enchanted gingerbread house filled with dancing sweet treats and toys that come to life. 

'This specially adapted show is the perfect way for young children (and their grown ups!) to discover the magic of ballet.'

 
Featuring dancers from Scottish Ballet alongside talented students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland the performance is set to the music of Engelbert Humperdinck, recorded live by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra. 
 
This tour of Wee Hansel & Gretel has been adapted for a family audience, with an interactive introduction and modifications to the story. The auditorium lighting will be kept on throughout the performance, to make for a welcoming and relaxed environment for all the family to enjoy. Recommended for wee ones aged 3 - 8. For more information visit http://lanntair.com/events/event/hansel-gretel-scottish-ballet/ 
 

Scottish Ballet is delighted to be supported on the 2019 Wee Hansel & Gretel tour by Loganair, Scotland’s national airline. Following the success of the partnership in 2018, Loganair are flying the dancers, and the support teams to stage this family show all across Scotland.

Kay Ryan, Commercial Director, Loganair, said: ‘Our partnership with Scottish Ballet on their Highland Fling tour last year was an undoubted success, and this latest sponsorship further emphasises Loganair’s commitment to supporting the local communities we serve in the Highlands and Islands by helping to deliver thrilling live performances from Scotland's national dance company.’ 

 
Christopher Hampson, CEO/Artistic Director, Scottish Ballet said: ‘This ballet is close to my heart, so I am delighted to share this specially adapted show with young children across Scotland. It is full of dancing and storytelling, plucky characters and a happy ending – perfect for experiencing the magic of live performance.’

Supporting Partner, Caledonian MacBrayne, is transporting the dancers, the support teams and the Hansel & Gretel sets, making sure staging this tour, so far from base, is plain sailing for Scottish Ballet to and from Stornoway and Ullapool.