Magical amusements as Grimm Fairy Takes comes to Arlington Court this August with a comedy show suitable for all ages — as long as they’ve got someone to hide behind!

FAIRY tales as they should be told will unfold in all their hilarious horribleness at a magical open air production in the grounds of Arlington Court on Friday, August 24.

The Pantaloons theatre company bring their darkly comical new show Grimm Fairy Tales – a brand new adaptation of some of the best-loved stories – to the venue near Barnstaple.

The show is suitable for all ages but players have warned very small children they might want to bring an adult to hide behind…

The Brothers Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm, are responsible for some of the most popular tales - Hansel and Gretel, The Frog Prince, Rumplestitskin, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood... the list goes on.

But the Grimm versions are, well, a little more grim than you might expect. In their tales the frog prince is thrown against a wall, the ugly sisters’ eyes are pecked out and witches generally come to very grisly ends.

In the hands of The Pantaloons these tales are often also more hilariously funny than they have ever been, with Jacob and Wilhelm joined by Ferdinand, the lesser known third Grimm brother – who doesn’t know how to tell a story.

“We try to include something for everyone,” said producer Mark Hayward.

“Children will love these tales as much as ever – particularly the more horrible elements – and adults will enjoy the clever ways in which the tales are staged along with the incredibly funny gags we’ve worked into the show.”

With a cast of five actors playing more than 100 parts, audiences can expect plenty of fast-changes, cross-dressing, comedy-wigs and silly-walks.

Picnics and something to sit on are welcomed, if not encouraged… Gates open at 5pm and the show starts at 6. For tickets, call Arlington Court on 01271 850296 or visit www.thepantaloons.co.uk.