HCA NEWS Award-winning theatre production to celebrate birthday

Cornwall's International Theatre Company, Kneehigh Theatre, from Great Britain will visit Odense to celebrate Hans Christian Andersen's 198th birthday on 2 April 2003.

By ms - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 28 March 2003

Hans Christian Andersen 2005 has invited Cornwall's International Theatre Company, Kneehigh Theatre, from Great Britain to mount a production in Odense of their Hans Christian Andersen-inspired "The Red Shoes".

The internationally renowned touring theatre has aroused enthusiasm in various countries with their performance, which was awarded the prestigious Barclays TMA Award for best production in 2002. Emma Rice is the director of "The Red Shoes", which was described by the British newspaper The Guardian as "a show to die for."

The performance is based on Hans Christian Andersen's famous fairytale "The Red Shoes" and, like the original story, is about a girl who falls in love with a pair of red shoes, refusing to take them off, but who is punished severely for her vanity.
Kneehigh Theatre has fashioned its own version of the story as a devilish cabaret with music and images - at once, macabre, funny and moving.

It is a story of freedom and joy and the temptations of superficial beauty. Kneehigh Theatre has developed an expressive, visual narrative style that makes it possible to get close to an audience anywhere in the world.

Kneehigh Theatre will perform at Odense Theater three times during Hans Christian Andersen Days: on April 1 at 1:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and on April 2 at 1:00 p.m.