New York | 2h 15m | In Previews: Opens Apr 28

Hans Christian Andersen: Tales Real & Imagined

From 23 member reviews
Members say: Confusing, Slow, Ambitious, Disappointing, Great singing

About the show

Ensemble for the Romantic Century presents this world premiere production featuring live music by Benjamin Britten and Henry Purcell, classical puppetry, and the timeless classics that have transcended generations. More…

Go beyond the magic and into the imagination of the iconic author Hans Christian Andersen, and discover how his complicated personal life inspired countless beloved tales such as "The Little Mermaid," "The Princess and the Pea," "The Ugly Duckling," and more.

2h 15m | In Previews: Opens Apr 28 | The Duke on 42nd Street (Midtown W)

“Hans Christian Andersen: Tales Real & Imagined” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

During previews
Enchanting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you Like creative work including puppetry, sensitive portrayal of the writer Hans Christian Anderson

Don't see it if You don’t like puppets, classical music, and aren’t interested in Hans Christian Anderson

During previews
Creative, Great singing, Great staging, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you wish to see a very creative telling of Andersen's life and look at his fairy tales in a different way. Great use of music and puppets.

Don't see it if you don't like classical music especially 20th century, countertenors, or if you only like a straightforward play.

Also Puppets are used but in a dark way to portray his life and his tales. ... Read more Read less

During previews
Creative, Great staging, Great singing, Clever, Ambitious

See it if Puppetry introduced to this ongoing chambre music canon.Lamenting his rejection, Hans births dark kids' tales. Opera in English.Grand pianos

Don't see it if Series always provides an abundance of riches and can be uneven trying to throw all forms of high art into the mix. Can't top their Van Gogh

Also "The world is not as your mother says, but what the neighbours say."

During previews
Many wonderful elements, Slow, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if I loved the idea of the show, was confused by the totality. I love Anderson's stories. You have to know them to get some of them here.

Don't see it if A show of many parts:acting, music, singing, puppetry, storytelling. Too many parts, not all of equal quality and not all well put together

Also I saw the first preview. Great elements need pruning and refining.... Read more Read less

During previews
Great singing, Educational, Slow, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You like Hans Christian Andersen. You like classical romantic theatre, history, 2 grand pianos, puppetry and storytelling. New works.

Don't see it if You don’t like any of the above. It’s got way too much too tell in 2 hrs so it got confusing. You don’t have patience or imagination.

Also Do stay for the 2nd act. It’s much more beautiful than the first act. ... Read more Read less

During previews
Relevant, Great singing/music, Intelligent, Confusing, Great staging

See it if You are interested in terrific music, interesting staging, & the story of HCA's life. But the beautiful elements don't mesh perfectly yet.

Don't see it if You're planning a family outing-this isn't aimed at kids, despite the clever puppetry. Read notes in the playbill for better comprehension.

During previews
Hybrid forms, Puppets & mime detract, Lacks engaging storytelling, Excellent musicianship, Ens4romcent: what they do

See it if go 4 musicianship, tolerate puppets & depressive storytelling, like H.C.Andersen, 2 support Ensemble 4 Romantic Century, like experiments

Don't see it if no love of classical music, dislike hybrid forms, poorly formed puppetry, gay subtext & front-text, trying to figure out the mimed sequences

Also Musicianship is their forte, storytelling is their not so forte

During previews
Slow, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in Hans, his life, stories and struggles with great dueling pianos and music

Don't see it if You do not like puppets and want a traditional play

During previews
Great musical performance of unusual musical choices, Great program notes, Interesting life story

See it if you are interested to learn more about Hans Christian Andersen's life: great program notes which help understand music & acting on stage!

Don't see it if you don't like the music of Henry Purcell and countertenors or the music of Benjamin Britten. A LOT of it in here - very well performed!

During previews
Confusing, Clever, Great singing

See it if you like Hans Christian Anderson stories told in mixed media including puppetry.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy children's stories told in an unconventional style, puppetry or classical music

During previews
Unique, Quirky, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you like multimedia plays including music, singing, and puppetry with a unique perspective.

Don't see it if you cannot appreciate an odd mix of creativity, despite being somewhat confusing.

During previews
Slow, Disappointing, Dated, Confusing

See it if you ran out of seeing everything else. I wasn't a fan of this show, but my friend I took liked it. She enjoyed the uniqueness of the show.

Don't see it if don't know anything about Hans Christian Andersen. I knew the stories, but really wasn't interested in his life story. The music was good.

Also I went in excited to see something different. The stage setup looked i... Read more Read less

During previews
Thought-provoking, Amateurish puppetry, Confusing, Great instrumental performance, Great singing

See it if you enjoy classical/instrumental numbers & tenor operatic singing. These are the redeeming aspects of an otherwise confusing narrative.

Don't see it if you don't like aforementioned musical style, puppetry or care for H.C.A. life story & his writings. But it's a delight to watch the tenor!

During previews
Great musical arrangements, Confusing, Strange

See it if You are interested in HCA and enjoy historical musical stories.

Don't see it if You are bored by too much meaningless action with puppets doing who knows what all the time and all over.

During previews
Excellent musicians, Great singing, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if You want to learn about Hans Christian Anderson's life accompanied by live music, singing and puppetry.

Don't see it if You are not prepared--read about Hans and listen to music by Henry Purcell and Benjamin Britten in preparation for show.

During previews
Slow, Quirky, Great music, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You want to learn a little about HCA's life. You enjoy great music with interesting puppetry. You like eclectic shows

Don't see it if You want a streamline production that has an understandable beginning, middle, and end. This feels like blurry polaroid snapshots.

During previews
Quirky, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You have nothing better to do.

Don't see it if You loved ERC's Van Gogh show and expect something comparable--this isn't anywhere near that level.

During previews
Tedious, Admirable acting, Great musicians, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You are a fan of Hans Christian Andersen and are very familiar with his work - you may be interested in this unique depiction of his life.

Don't see it if You are not familiar with Hans Christian Andersen or do not enjoy puppetry or classical or operatic music.

Also This was a unique production with talented performers and wonderful mu... Read more Read less

During previews
Odd musical choices, Missed opportunity, Great subject matter, Haphazard puppetry, Great program notes

See it if want to read absorbing program notes about HC Andersen's life. You'll need to, because what's onstage is disjointed and very hard to follow.

Don't see it if are expecting the music to enrich the proceedings. It mainly gets in the way, and curiously isn't even from the era in which Andersen lived

During previews
Good music, Confusing

See it if Like puppetry ;professional good music by various composers; 2 piano, differerent percussions; incredible "Musicology" notes in Playbill

Don't see it if Need a plot, want to understand songs,do not want to see Pappeteer on stage too often

Also wonderfull theatre, comfy sits, the best ushers ever, intelligent and ... Read more Read less

During previews
Edgy, Disappointing, Dated, Confusing

See it if you have some urge to know a little about Hans C. A.

Don't see it if you get board seeing letters flying through the air and small puppets doing things that don't make sense.

During previews
Slow, Beautiful music, Intelligent, Confusing

See it if you want to hear some well performed music and see some good puppetry with a narrative of how HCA's life informed his stories

Don't see it if you mind the narrative being unclear at times and it not being clear how various element are connecting. The opposite of an integrated play.

Also This is a multi-media play, at times all the medium's work but togethe... Read more Read less

During previews
Poorly created and poorly executed., Disappointing, Slow, Insipid, Excruciating

See it if Like piano music played well and have patience for the rest of a poorly created entertainment piece.

Don't see it if You wish to spend your time better. Puppetry awful. Script poor.

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