A hairy tale adventure
“You all know the story of Rapunzel, right? That lassie with the long hair who’s been trapped in her lockdown tower for what feels like forever. The lassie who’s sitting there like a loon waiting for some Prince will come along and save her. Well, think again.
Cos I bet nobody mentioned the hairdresser who made it her life’s mission to track Rapunzel down? Or Rapunzel’s twin brother who’s terrified he’s going to have to take the throne if his sister isn’t found? And they certainly didn’t mention that six foot all singing, all dancing rose in the garden whose psychic visions are going to save the day?
Because you see to truly know a story, you must know all the deets. And let me tell you chookies, the story you know of Rapunzel is incomplete. But finally, at long last, you get to hear from all the characters, all six sides, all six chapters. And despite what you might have thought, they don’t all end in happily ever after.
Rapunzel is a celebration of theatricality, music and storytelling. A chance to hear from every character in this well-known hairy tale, untangled and re-braided for this day and age. A chance to sit with the family and finally piece together the story of one lassie and her journey from isolation to taking her rightful place at the…. Hey come on, I’m not going to give away the ending now, am I?” Paige Ootabook, Narrator
A very special online festive show filmed in the beautiful surrounds of Stirling Castle, created by a Christmas cracker writing team, featuring sparkling showtunes from Novasound and directed by Scottish Panto King Johnny McKnight.
With Lockdown extended, we hoped to brighten a dreich January and celebrate the tradition of Scottish Pantos often running until the end of the month by releasing a new singalong version of Rapunzel, available until 31 January. In addition our free, fun, festive activity pack for families will also be available for audiences to enjoy over lockdown.
Directed by Johnny McKnight
Film Directed by Stewart Kyasimire
Written by Apphia Campbell, Johnny McKnight, Uma Nada-Rajah, Morna Pearson, Stef Smith, Meghan Tyler and Anita Vettesse.
A National Theatre of Scotland production in partnership with Historic Environment Scotland
Running time: 75 mins
Recommended age guide: 6+
Warning: includes some flashing lights
genuinely touching and hysterically funny
an exuberant musical box of treats
highly enjoyable and pun-tastic
Johnny McKnightWriter & Performer
Jamie MacdonaldAnimation and Visual Effects
Lizzie PowellLighting Design
Shona ReppeCreative Collaborator
Laura DonnellyCasting Director
Meet the Characters
Music from Rapunzel
Behind the Scenes
Audio Described, BSL interpreted and Captioned versions of Rapunzel are available.
You will be able to choose the version of the film you wish from the menu at the top of the page when you watch the film.
If you have any queries, please contact us by email or call 0141 227 9019.
Audio Description from Gillian Gourlay and Kat Wilson.
Listen to the Audio Description flyer here.
BSL interpretation by Jamie Rea.
Watch the BSL trailer in our video gallery above.
Download the visual guide for the show here.