Energetic fairy tale produces moments of theatrical magic

The Tin Soldier at the Gate Theatre, Dublin, until July 2

Louis Lovett in The Tin Soldier at the Gate. Photo by Ros Kavanagh

Katy Hayes

Lots of different ingredients cohabit in this hugely imaginative co-production from the Gate and Theatre Lovett. Written by Louis Lovett and Nico Brown, it is a version of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale about the one-legged soldier who loves a paper ballerina but is prevented from achieving his heart’s desire by bad luck and passivity.