Into the Woods

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by James Lapine

Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's dark and humorous musical twist on the Brothers Grimm stories

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Once upon a time... 

Into the Woods takes the stories of the Brothers Grimm and gives them a dark and humorous twist.

The popular tales of Red Ridinghood, Jack (of Beanstalk fame), Cinderella and Rapunzel are interwoven with that of the Baker and his Wife and their quest to have a child. However this re-telling goes beyond "happily ever after" as the familiar characters find themselves in unfamiliar circumstances and hopes and dreams are questioned and revisited.

Awards for Into the Woods include: Best Musical Revival, Olivier Awards 2011; Timothy Sheader, Best Director, Awards 2011.


As thrilling a production of the show as I ever hope to see. 

Stephen Sondheim

Ravishing theatrical storytelling... Timothy Sheader's glorious production is spellbinding ... There's more enchantment here than in a whole bag of magic beans. 

The Times

An inventive, witty production studded with fine performances ... Jenna Russell is superb. 

Financial Times

Soutra Gilmour's design... brilliantly exploits the sinister beauty of the outdoor setting ... Dazzling. 


It's spellbinding stuff, not only musically, but lyrically, visually and emotionally. 

Mail on Sunday

Best Musical Revival

Into the Woods

Olivier Awards 2011

Best Director

Timothy Sheader Awards 2011


Originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine. Presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited on behalf of Music Theatre International of New York.

Captured live at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, London in October 2010.

Production photography © Catherine Ashmore.


Available with English language Captions by Stagetext.


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Customer Comments

Positively outstanding. Flawless staging, beautiful costumes and phenomenal acting from all the cast; this truly is a delight to watch and is an interesting take on Sonderheim's original production. Not sure if the latest movie is going to be as good as this!

Ellen Dean, UK

The designs, the singing, the acting…it's terrific. More Sondheim please! Sunday in the Park!

Alex Strong, CA

Hilarious and wonderfully performed. I recommend to anyone who enjoys a good romp into the woods.

Hannah Meeker, US

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