The production featured the original US cast, including Jessie Austrian, Noah Brody and Paul L Cofey, known for their previous Fiasco productions of famous Shakespeare plays such as The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Cymbeline and Measure for Measure.
After having first premiered in 1987 in New York, Into The Woods received a huge range of recognition at the Tonys, including winning Best Musical, Best Direction, Best Original Score and Best Choreography. It had since been performed countless times in London, most recently being shown at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.
Many will know Into The Woods from the recent film adaptation by Rob Marshall in 2015 starring James Cordon, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep. This new return to the London stage is a fantastic opportunity to see the classic fairytale retelling performed live, in a highly ingenious way. With ten actors, one piano and boundless imagination, this witty and wild production was one of the most entertaining shows in London’s West End that summer.
The plot follows a Baker and his Wife who want to have children, but have been cursed by a Witch who found the Baker’s father robbing her when his mother was pregnant. The Witch agrees that she will lift the curse, but only if they find four important things for her, including a cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, hair as yellow as core, and a slipper as pure as gold. The musical then meanders through the plots of famous Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault fairytales, including Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk, retelling them in a completely different way.
This new production was directed by the Fiasco theatre company’s Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, as well as featuring choreography by Lisa Shriva and musical supervision by Matt Castle. Previews began on the 1st July 2016, with performances having run until the 17 September 2016. With the combination of Fiasco’s status as witty and creative storytellers and one of Sondheim’s best musicals, was not to be missed.
Recommended forHaving been one of the first productions of Into The Woods in the West End since the 2015 film release, this is the perfect opportunity for those who were introduced to the great musical then but have never had a chance to see it live.
With Fiasco’s typical witty and unique productions, it is also perfect for those who may have seen a far more direct past production and now want to experience Into the Woods performed in a way that is slightly off the beaten track.
With its contemporary retelling of classic Perrault and Grimm fairy tales, the setup is very much in the same vein as Wicked, so fans of the premise of this other long running West End show should definitely also check out Fiasco’s production this summer.
Age Recommendations: May not be suitable for very young children