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
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, Whatsonstage.com Awards 2011.
As thrilling a production of the show as I ever hope to see.
Ravishing theatrical storytelling... Timothy Sheader's glorious production is spellbinding ... There's more enchantment here than in a whole bag of magic beans.
An inventive, witty production studded with fine performances ... Jenna Russell is superb.
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
Whatsonstage.com 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.
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