Pop Up Opera does Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel

Pop Up Opera does Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel

Rotherhithe | Brunel Museum | Pop Up Opera

Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel

Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel

Pop Up Opera does Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. Magical and dark, this is perhaps the most popular operatic fairy tale of them all. Brother and sister Hansel & Gretel are drawn into the idyllic yet dangerous world of the forest, where they encounter the Sandman, the Dew Fairy and, most frightening of all, the Witch. In the dizzying excitement of the Witch’s Ride and the serene beauty of the children’s evening prayer, Humperdinck’s music magically evokes the contrasting worlds of the story. A story that will enchant and thrill, a wintry delight.


  • Clementine Lovell Producer
  • Fiona Johnston Producer & Stage Manager
  • James Hurley Stage Director
  • Berrak Dyer Musical Director & Pianist
  • Emily Salmon Company Stage Manager
  • Harry Percival Captions Writer
  • Polly Leech Hansel
  • Sofia Larsson Gretel
  • James Harrison Peter
  • Ailsa Mainwaring Gertrud/Witch
  • Rebecca Moon Dew Fairy/Sandman
  • Rachel Hunter Captions Operator & Technical Assistant
  • Soledad Zarate Captions Operator & Technical Assistant
  • Richard Leach Pianist

Brunel Museum, Thames Tunnel Shaft: Rotherhithe, London 21 September 2017 – 22 September 2017

Dates, Location and Tickets

Dates: 21 September 2017 – 22 September 2017

Location: Brunel Museum, Thames Tunnel Shaft; Rotherhithe, London

General | £20

Support General | £25.00¹

Cocktail Special | £28.00 (Includes a cocktail at the Midnight Apothecary Garden)

Support Cocktail Special | £30²

Child | £12.50 (Under 16’s)

Family Ticket | £60.00 (2 x Adults, 2 x Children)

Pop Up Opera is an entirely unfunded company, so this bit extra really makes a difference!

¹ Help spread the joy of Pop-up Opera further by supporting them with an extra £5

² Includes a cocktail at the Midnight Apothecary Garden while donating an extra £2

  Click here to book tickets


Pop-up Opera, the company

Pop Up Opera LogoPop-up Opera is an innovative touring opera company dedicated to making opera enjoyable and inviting, without losing the quality of musical performance. They aim to broaden the appeal of opera and to challenge the way opera is performed, by taking it into unusual spaces and making it fun, fresh and intimate.

Their productions are fully staged, then adapted to each new space they go into, making every performance unique. Performances showcase exciting new operatic talent, professional opera singers in the first stage of promising careers.

They aim to bring pleasure to those who are hesitant about opera, as well as to dedicated opera lovers; to open the hidden door to this art form and make even more seasoned opera goers feel like they have been given a secret backstage pass.

The venues are an important part of what they create. The company takes their productions beyond just the traditional theatres and informal pubs: a boat made of scrap metal, a restored Victorian poorhouse, a cylindrical shaft beneath the Thames, a cider barn, a winery and even 100 ft underground in candlelit caverns. In these extraordinary venues, the music, storytelling and the electrifying performances of the singers have our audiences enthralled.

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Richard Davenport Cosi fan Tutte at Brunel Museum

The Brunel Museum Thames Tunnel Shaft

The company’s favourite venues to perform in, this atmospheric, underground tunnel shaft is one of our most popular events each season for a totally unique experience! With the added treat of being able to drink delicious cocktails and toast marshmallows round the fire afterwards in the beautiful Midnight Apothecary Cocktail Garden, on site.

Part of the fascinating Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe, this place is like an extraordinary underground cathedral. The performance area is an incredible cylindrical shaft built by Brunel as pedestrian entrance to the Thames Tunnel. This is a unique and atmospheric show. New improved access by ramp and full height doorway gives to a staircase down to the lower chamber.

A viewing platform high inside the shaft offers balcony seating for a limited number of people: priority given to those with impaired mobility or using a wheelchair. Serving delicious cocktails before the performance and during the interval in the museum’s Midnight Apothecary Garden. Not to be missed!

Facilities at this venue include:

  • Toilets in the main museum
  • Museum
  • Cafe & Midnight Apothecary pop up bar

Please note that the temperature in the tunnel shaft may be cool, so bring some warm clothes. If you have a problem with stairs please let the company know and they can book you seats in the high level viewing platform.


More about The Brunel Museum

A museum, art gallery and events space. This amazing landmark in Rotherhithe village is a culture hub in this part of south London with an all year around series of music concerts, theatre and performances. The Brunel Museum is open seven days a week from 10:00 until 17:00 and later for special events (see publicity). Entry to the Brunel Museum is £6 and £4 for concessions. Children under 16 free of charge. Entry to Great Eastern launch ramps is free. Special events are priced separately.

The Museum is an educational charity run by volunteers and tells the story of one of the world’s great engineering dynasties. Brunel organised the world’s first underground concert party here in 1827, and the Museum celebrates and interprets music and theatre as well as engineering.

Brunel’s First Project

Scheduled Ancient Monument, International Landmark, Oldest Tunnel in the Oldest Underground in the World

The Brunel Museum is open 10:00 to 17:00 seven days a week, with late openings for special events. A small museum, but a big story drawing visitors locally and from all over the world. Below the trains still run through the Tunnel. The Museum gardens are always open…

Brunel’s Last Project

Biggest Ship in the World, First Modern Ocean Liner, the Ship that Changed Everything

In the lower gallery an exhibition about Brunel’s greatest ship. A few hundred yards down the river on the Isle of Dogs, the launch ways of SS Great Eastern are accessible by Thames Clipper via Masthouse Terrace Pier or London Walk three times a week. The launch ways are always open…

Brunel’s Grand Entrance Hall

Underground Chamber half the size of Shakespeare’s Globe

After 150 years the chamber is open every day for heritage talks and lectures. Also advertised evenings for concerts, opera, and theatre. Details of these events, guided walks, heritage boat trips, shows and garden events can be found on the What’s On pages. Also available for society visits and private events.

The Grand Entrance Hall, where young Brunel nearly drowned, was the world’s first underground theatre. Before the trains came, the chamber echoed with applause for acrobats, tightrope walkers and serenaders. Under the National Heritage Landmarks Partnership Scheme, and with support from the Association of Independent Museums and Biffa, the Museum is fitting out a spectacular new gallery and underground theatre.

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Grade II* listed structure and the world’s first caisson. The chamber is half the size of Shakespeare’s Globe, and is open again for the first time in a hundred and fifty years. This is where work on the tunnel began, and where Isambard Kingdom Brunel nearly drowned. When it opened in 1843 it was the world’s most popular visitor attraction, with a million visitors in the first three months. There are guided tours every lunchtime, and regular music and theatre events, but entry is by half size doorway and temporary staircase. Work has begun to convert the chamber into gallery and performance space and the centrepiece of the Museum.

You come by boat to the museum at 10.45 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays,Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays or by walking tours on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays. See guided walking tour from Bermondsey or Embankment tube stations.

Brunel Museum | Railway Avenue, Rotherhithe, London, SE16 4LF

020 7231 3840

  www.brunel-museum.org.uk  @BrunelMuseum  BrunelMuseum

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