What do you get when a whole host of classic fairy tale characters are let loose deep in the woods? Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, which is rumoured to be revived at the Old Vic Theatre later this year under the direction of Monty Python's Terry Gilliam, invites you to find out.
Please note that this is a rumoured production. Any information on dates, casting and venue are subject to change
Sondheim’s musical, which intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales, including Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Cinderella, tells the story of a childless Baker and his wife who must embark on a journey through the woods to reverse a curse placed on them by a vengeful Witch.
The last major production of Into the Woods in London was the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production in 2010, starring Hannah Waddingham as the Witch. This production transferred to New York in 2012 as part of the Public Theater’s free summer season in Central Park. Donna Murphy starred as the Witch, with Amy Adams as the Baker’s Wife and Denis O’Hare as the Baker. More recently, a stripped back reworking of the show was presented at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2016.
Disney adapted the musical into a film in 2014, starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, and Anna Kendrick. The film was well-received by audiences and was nominated for three Academy Awards and three Golden Globes.
The musical features songs including ‘Children Will Listen’, ‘No One is Alone’ and ‘Agony’, all of which have become standards in the musical theatre canon.
Although unconfirmed, this new staging is rumoured to open at the Old Vic Theatre in winter 2020, with Terry Gilliam directing.
With a fantastic creative team already attached, Into the Woods looks set to be a spectacular revival of one of Sondheim’s most popular musicals.
Important informationPlaying at: Venue To Be Announced, London, London, E2 8AA
Performance dates: 01 Nov 2020 - 01 Feb 2021
Running time: TBC
Age restrictions: TBC
Special notice: Those who enjoyed the recent lavish revivals of Sondheim’s other shows, such as Company and Follies, will want to see this latest production. Into the Woods is perfect for audiences looking for an intelligent, sophisticated and wholly entertaining night out.