The Open Air Theatre’s new production of Into The Woods officially opens tonight, 16 August, at its Regent’s Park venue.

Jenna Russell in Into The Woods

Jenna Russell in Into The Woods. Photo: Catherine Ashmore

Timed to celebrate Stephen Sondheim 80th birthday year, the musical features West End stars – and Sondheim aficionados – Hannah Waddingham (A Little Night Music) and Jenna Russell (Sunday in the Park with George).

Directed by Timothy Sheader, Into The Woods adds a dark twist to famous fairytales such as Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel.

Other cast in the show include Valda Aviks, Billy Boyle, Gaye Brown, Helen Dallimore, Alice Fearn, Amy Griffiths, Mark Hadfield, Amy Ellen Richardson, Beverly Rudd, Ben Stott, Simon Thomas, Gemma Wardle and Michael Xavier.

Into the Woods will run from 5 August until 11 September at the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park.

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OTHER SHOWS STARTING IN AUGUST

Deathtrap, starring Simon Russell Beale and Jonathan Groff, starts previews at the Noel Coward Theatre on 21 August.

AND CLOSING:

As You Like It and The Tempest at the Old Vic Theatre, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Stephen Dillane and Juliet Rylance, closes 21 August.

La Bete at the Comedy Theatre, closes 28 August.

STARTING IN SEPTEMBER

Noel Coward’s Design for Living at the Old Vic Theatre, from3 September.

Passion at the Donmar Warehouse starring Elena Roger, from 10 September.

Complicite’s A Disappearing Number at the Novello Theatre, from 10 September.

Les Miserables 25th anniversary production at the Barbican Theatre, from 14 September.

Krapp’s Last Tape starring Michael Gambon at the Duchess Theatre, from 15 September.

Yes, Prime Minister at the Gielgud Theatre starring David Haig and Henry Goodman, from 17 September.

Birdsong starring Ben Barnes and directed by Trevor Nunn, at the Comedy Theatre from 18 September.

Flashdance The Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre, from 24 September.

Onassis at the Novello Theatre starring Robert Lindsay, from 30 September.

AND CLOSING:

HAIR at the Gielgud Theatre, closes on 4 September.

All The Fun of the Fair at the Garrick Theatre, closes on 4 September.

Burn The Floor at the Shaftesbury Theatre, closes 4 September.

Tap Dogs at the Novello Theatre, closes 5 September.

The Secret of Sherlock Holmes at the Duchess Theatre, closes on 11 September.

The Prisoner of Second Avenue at the Vaudeville Theatre, closes 25 September.