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Harpenden actress starring in new Christmas adaptation of classic fairy tale

PUBLISHED: 12:09 13 December 2018 | UPDATED: 17:28 17 December 2018

Harpenden's Georgina White is playing Circe the Sorceress in a new adaptation of Brothers Grimm’s Hansel and Gretel at Rose Theatre in Kingston. Picture: Mark Douet

Harpenden's Georgina White is playing Circe the Sorceress in a new adaptation of Brothers Grimm's Hansel and Gretel at Rose Theatre in Kingston. Picture: Mark Douet

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A Harpenden actress is starring as a misunderstood psychopath in a new London production this Christmas.

Harpenden's Georgina White is playing Circe the Sorceress in a new adaptation of Brothers Grimm’s Hansel and Gretel at Rose Theatre in Kingston. Picture: Mark DouetHarpenden's Georgina White is playing Circe the Sorceress in a new adaptation of Brothers Grimm’s Hansel and Gretel at Rose Theatre in Kingston. Picture: Mark Douet

Georgina White is playing Circe the Sorceress in a new adaptation of Brothers Grimm’s Hansel and Gretel at Rose Theatre in Kingston over the festive period.

The character is a new version of the witch villain in a yuletide production written by Ciaran McConville.

Georgina grew up in Harpenden, attended Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls and started her acting career at the National Youth Music Theatre.

The 32-year-old said: “My character is really quirky and bizarre and I like her ruthlessness - she is strange and getting into that frame of mind is really interesting.

Harpenden's Georgina White is playing Circe the Sorceress in a new adaptation of Brothers Grimm’s Hansel and Gretel at Rose Theatre in Kingston. Picture: Mark DouetHarpenden's Georgina White is playing Circe the Sorceress in a new adaptation of Brothers Grimm’s Hansel and Gretel at Rose Theatre in Kingston. Picture: Mark Douet

“I have been doing lots of research into how she can be that sort of person. I am a fulfilled person [out of character] so that’s interesting.”

Her costume is a fusion of Tim Burton, Helena Bonham Carter, and Alice in Wonderland styles.

Georgina is an accomplished actress who can boast a number of film and stage appearances harking back to 2003, including as Olivia in Twelfth Night in 2009, The White Witch in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe in 2011, and leading role Betty in Blonde Bombshells of 1943 in 2013.

Earlier this year she also featured on the big screen as Betje Dewit in That Good Night, opposite John Hurt.

Harpenden's Georgina White is playing Circe the Sorceress in a new adaptation of Brothers Grimm’s Hansel and Gretel at Rose Theatre in Kingston. Picture: Mark DouetHarpenden's Georgina White is playing Circe the Sorceress in a new adaptation of Brothers Grimm’s Hansel and Gretel at Rose Theatre in Kingston. Picture: Mark Douet

She added: “This is an absolutely wonderful, fantastic show, with new writing of a new adaptation. I have been doing quite a bit of film work recently and stage business is totally different because it is live.”

Georgina grew up in a musical home, watching her mother perform opera singing on a regular basis.

Alongside acting work, she teaches at Stagecoach Harpenden at Sir John Lawes School.

Hansel and Gretel is described as a tale “battling magical beasts, enlisting a crew of fairy tale bandits and learning the secrets of their past”.

Georgina White. Picture: Ori JonesGeorgina White. Picture: Ori Jones

Young people from Rose Youth Theatre appear in the production alongside professional performers like Georgina.

It is directed by Rosie Jones, with the score and lyrics composed by Eamonn O’Dwyer.

The show runs until January 6.

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