Preview: Rumpelstiltskin at The Mac

This Christmas, the MAC is set to spin a new twist on the much-loved fairytale of ‘Rumpelstiltskin’.

 I met up with the cast as they got ready for a photoshoot to promote the musical which starts this week at the Mac.

Behind the scenes they are a relaxed bunch, but excited to begin their run at the theatre which begins on the 26th November.

Rumpelstiltskin is of course a fairytale, but in typical Mac style, the actors tell me it’s a dark tale with great strong characters and of course it’s a musical as well.

Tom Giles (the Miller) has come over from London and in a typical reaction for actors visiting Belfast, he loves it here. He’s been here for only 3 weeks and Michael Lavery (the King) doesn’t think we’ll be able to get rid of him. I asked Tom what it was he liked about Belfast. He said it might only be a small city, but it has a big city feel to it and he loves it! He’s definitely having a great time in what we already know is an awesome city. 

Jo Donnelly kept popping in and out of the changing room while I was chatting, she was in full costume and looked amazing, I reckoned there was definitely a Mad Max vibe going on but her look has to remain a secret and photos aren’t allowed. Boooo!!

Lisburn actor Michael plays the King, and he has heard that Rumpelstiltskin is up there with the best Christmas tales the Mac have taken on so far. The family focused Christmas musical runs until 3rd January and by the sounds of it Michael is planning a post show holiday, and the rest of the cast have been invited along. With 7 performances a week I think this lot will need a holiday to recover!

Watch out for local actress Doireann McKenna (as Emily). Doireann seemed all ready for the feistiness in her role as Emily.

It seems they are a close knit little group having only worked together for 3 weeks so far. Tom loved that the as an actor in Belfast there aren’t any cliques and you just got stuck in and acted, which in the case of Rumpelstiltskin involved a lot of singing and action.

I’m looking forward to seeing this next week!

by Jeff Meredith

Tickets for Rumpelstiltskin are now available, priced at £10 for children and start from £12 for adults. For more information about the show or to book a ticket, visit The MAC is funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Go to the Mac and be part of this fairy tale Christmas and unlock a little Christmas magic. #unlockthemagic


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