The making of Rumpelstiltskin at Southbank Centre

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 15:46

Windmill Theatre are an ambitious and innovative company creating unique and contemporary theatrical work for children, teens and families. Based in Adelaide, Australia they have taken innovative performances across the globe and in December, 2018 brought their latest creation, Rumpelstiltskin, to Southbank Centre for its UK premiere.

An updated version of the classic children’s fairytale, Windmill Theatre’s Rumpelstiltskin sees the eponymous imp reimagined as a much-feted fashion designer. However, the essence of the story remains true to the original, and for all the added high-fashion and glamour, the real purpose of Rumpelstiltskin remains a want for human connection.

In this video from Windmill the production’s director, Rosemary Myers, and its designer Jonathon Oxlade talk through the show’s creative process and how the many different facets come together to create a compelling piece of family theatre. Composer Jethro Woodward explains how the music of the show helps channel the vibrancy of the piece, and Paul Capsis, the actor tasked with bringing Rumpelstiltskin to life, tells us what drew him to being part of the performance.


Rumpelstiltskin | Creative Development from Windmill Theatre Co.


When we come to make these musicals we really want to make a really big fun night out for the whole family, a night that everybody is going to enjoy.
Rosemary Myers, Director, Rumpelstiltskin


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