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The Lost Happy Endings

When a wicked witch steals all the familiar happy endings from children's fairy tales, causing tears at bedtime all over the world, Jub uses her strength and creativity to rewrite some alternative happily ever afters in gold pen on the night sky.

And in this 'new normal', Hansel and Gretel escape from their own witch to open a vegan restaurant, Snow White doesn't marry the prince, but goes to live with the seven dwarves to study forestry and long-nosed liar Pinocchio becomes the prime minister (cue raucous laughter from the audience).

Narrated by Joanna Lumley and based on a children's book by former poet laureate and MMU contemporary poetry professor Carol Ann Duffy, The Lost Happy Endings is a new piece of dance theatre from Newcastle-based balletLORENT.

Billed as a family friendly venture, the show still has plenty to offer to curious adults without children and is a feminist, gender-blind (dancer Gavin Coward plays a gorilla, a tree and Sleeping Beauty) and thoroughly 2021 retelling of some classic tales.

With costumes by fashion designer Nasir Mazhar, who has dressed FKA Twigs, Madonna and Lady Gaga and a score by Murray Gold (Doctor Who/ Shameless/ Gentleman Jim/ Queer As Folk), the show delivers not only progressive ideas, heightened emotions and giggles, but also a visual and sonic feast.
Friday 7-8.45pm
Saturday 2-3.45pm and 7-8.45pm
Tickets £9-£18
Booking or T: 0343 208 6000
The Lowry, The Quays, Salford Quays, Manchester M50 3AZ
Fri 22 Oct 2021 and Sat 23 Oct 2021
Contact telephone: T: 0343 208 6000 Call to check latest times or cancellations.
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