Review: Rumplestiltskin

When the Miller boasts that his daughter can spin straw into gold to the people of the village, much merriment is made at the comment. But… The lie gets back to the King, who summons the Miller’s daughter to his castle and locks her in the tower until she does as has been said, turn straw into gold using use a spinning wheel.

Fearing for her life if she cannot perform the task, the Miller’s Daughter loses all hope and begins to accept her fate, but then… The magic starts…

A strange woodland creature appears who says that they can spin the straw into the precious metal but what does this mysterious stranger want in return?  And, what price will the Miller’s daughter have to pay to save her life and give the king what he wants… Gold?

Eastern Angles brings this enchanting Brothers Grimm fairy tale to life this Christmas. This production of Rumplestiltskin has everything you could wish for, toe tapping tunes, an imaginative set and a little audience participation, it’s just the perfect evening out.

The story is brilliantly brought to life by a cast of very talented actors.   Jon Bonner is just hilarious as the King’s housekeeper and his interaction with the suit of armour in the corner makes for some very funny moments.  He also doubles up as the Miller, and, sacred of heights, we loved the moment he tries to scale a ladder to rescue his daughter from the tower.  

Maia Elsey is very convincing as the Miller’s daughter, she also has the most amazing vocals and is a joy to watch.  Will Castle was perfectly cast as the King and was a firm favorite with audience members both young and old.

Joanna Brown puts in the most amazing performance as Rumplestiltskin, she really made you believe the magic this character processes.  A real talent, she puts so much into this production, even down to the details, her facial expressions are just wonderful.

This production is truly magical.  It’s captivating from the off and we just loved it.  

If you’re after something a little different to a pantomime this Christmas, and want something that the whole family can enjoy then book tickets for Rumplestiltskin, you definitely won’t be disappointed!

Rumplestiltskin is at the Sir John Mills Theatre, Gatacre Road until 6th January 2024.  To book tickets visit or call the Box Office on 01473 211498. 

Words: Wendy Cook, Ipswich24 Magazine

Picture: Mike Kwasniak