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Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s masterpiece INTO THE WOODS returns to London’s West End in a spectacular revival in 2023, directed by Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam.

A dark and humorous twist on the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, this Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical interweaves everyone’s favourite storybook characters into a timeless, yet relevant, piece… and a rare modern classic.

Be careful what you wish for seems to be the ongoing theme in this comically dark musical, as actions have consequences and sacrifices must be paid.

Featuring the much loved songs Children Will Listen, Stay With Me and No-one Is Alone this enchanting and touching masterpiece was recently made into a smash-hit Disney feature film starring Meryl Streep, James Corden, Anna Kendrick and Johnny Depp.

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What's the story of Into The Woods?

The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse.

Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.

Who is in the cast of Into The Woods?

The cast of the show at the Theatre Royal Bath include: Rhastan Stone as the Baker and Alex Young as the Baker’s Wife; Julian Bleach as Mysterious Man; Audrey Brisson as Cinderella; Nicola Hughes as the Witch; Barney Wilkinson as Jack; Charlotte Jaconelli as Florinda; Lauren Conroy as Little Red Riding Hood; Maria Conneeley as Rapunzel; Nathanael Campbell as the Wolf / Prince; Gillian Bevan as Jack’s Mother; Henry Jenkinson as the Prince; Jamie Birkett as Lucinda; Samuel Holmes as the Steward; Alexandra Waite-Roberts as Cinderella’s Stepmother; and Jessica Barton as Little Girl.

Understudies are Aliza Vakil as Little Red Riding Hood/Cinderella; Lucyelle Cliffe as Jack’s Mother/Cinderella’s Stepmother; Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong as Rapunzel/Florinda/Lorinda; Isabel Canning as Baker’s Wife; Taite-Elliot Drew as Jack/Rapunzel’s Prince/Cinderella’s Prince; and Johan Munir as Wolf/Rapunzel‘s Prince. The ensemble includes Michael Larcombe, Jordan Paris, Faith Prendercast, and Cath Whitefield.

Who are the creative team of Into The Woods?

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine.

The show is directed by Terry Gilliam; co-directed choreographed by Leah Hausman; designed by Jon Bausor; costume designer Antony McDonald; video designer Will Duke; sound designer Paul Groothuis; and casting director David Grindrod.

Terry Gilliam was part of the Monty Python Flying Circus phenomenon. In 2009, he was presented with the BAFTA Lifetime Achievement Award for a film career which has included directing Brazil, Twelve Monkeys, Time Bandits, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and the Oscar-winning The Fisher King. He has also directed The Damnation of Faust and Benvenuto Cellini for English National Opera.


Reviews of Into The Woods

★★★★ "Magical spectacle" - Daily Mail
★★★★ "Spellbinding" - The Telegraph
★★★★★ "A spiky and spectacular delight" - Libby Purves

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Into the Woods Reviews of Terry Gilliam’s Sondheim musical at Theatre Royal Bath ★★★★
A reviews round-up of Into the Woods at the Theatre Royal Bath Terry Gilliam and Leah Hausman's production of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods opened last night, 24 August 2022, at the Theatre Royal Bath. Into the Woods runs in Bath until 10 September 2022, and there is hope the production might transfer into the West End. Monty Python's Terry Gilliam and US choreographer and director Leah Hausman have directed the revival of Stephen Sondheim's much-loved musical, produced by Scenario Two and Theatre Royal Bath Productions. The show is designed by JonBausor, with costume designer Antony McDonald, video designer Will Duke, sound designer Paul Groothuis, and casting director David Grindrod. An accomplished cast includes Audrey Brisson (Amélie The Musica)l as Cinderella; Olivier Award nominee Nicola Hughes (Chicago, Fosse, Porgy and Bess) as the Witch; TV and stage actor Rhashan Stone (Hollington Drive) as the Baker; Julian Bleach (Shockheaded Peter) as the Mysterious Man; Alex Young (Follies at the National Theatre) as the Baker's Wife; Gillian Bevan (Doctors; Teachers) as Jack's Mother; and Britain's Got Talent star Charlotte Jaconelli as Florinda. Other cast includes Nathanael Campbell (Come From Away) as the Wolf / the Prince, Maria Conneely as Rapunzel, Lauren Conroy as Little Red Riding Hood, Phoebe Fildes (The Mousetrap) as Lucinda, Samuel Holmes (Crazy For You, Kiss Me, Kate) as the Steward, Henry Jenkinson as the Prince, and Barney Wilkinson(Sunset Boulevard, Bat Out of Hell) as Jack. Into the Woods has music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Lapine. Read reviews from the Guardian, the Times, the Telegraph, the Stage and more. More reviews to follow More information about Into the Woods
First Look Photos: Into the Woods production images at the Theatre Royal Bath
Theatre Royal Bath has released production images for Into the Woods, playing at the theatre until 10 September 2022. Stephen Sondheim's much-loved musical has been revived by Monty Python's Terry Gilliam and US choreographer and director Leah Hausman, and produced by Scenario Two and Theatre Royal Bath Productions. Into The Woods stars Julian Bleach (Halo, The Brothers Grimm, Emerald City Shockheaded Peter) as the Mysterious Man; Audrey Brisson, star of the recent West End production of Amélie The Musical as Cinderella; Olivier Award nominated West End actress Nicola Hughes (Chicago, Fosse, Porgy and Bess) as the Witch; TV and stage actor Rhashan Stone (All About Eve, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) as the Baker; musicals actress Alex Young (Anyone Can Whistle at the Southwark Playhouse; Follies at the National Theatre) as the Baker's Wife; West End actress Gillian Bevan (Into The Woods; Sweeney Todd; Doctors; Teachers) as Jack's Mother; and Britain's Got Talent star, singer and actress Charlotte Jaconelli as Florinda. Other cast includes Nathanael Campbell (Come From Away) as the Wolf / the Prince, Maria Conneely as Rapunzel, Lauren Conroy as Little Red Riding Hood, Phoebe Fildes (The Mousetrap) as Lucinda, Samuel Holmes (Crazy For You, Kiss Me, Kate) as the Steward, Henry Jenkinson as the Prince, and Barney Wilkinson(Sunset Boulevard, Bat Out of Hell) as Jack. Into the Woods has music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Lapine. More information about Into the Woods Photos by Marc Brenner Production photos of Into The Woods [ngg src="galleries" ids="854" display="pro_tile"]
Star of Into the Woods, Rhashan Stone, interviewed by the BBC
Rhashan Stone, star of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods at the Theatre Royal Bath, sat down with BBC Radio Bristol presenter Claire Cavanagh this week to talk about the show. Into the Woods started performances this Wednesday, 17 August, in Bath, ahead of a widely tipped West End run. The show is directed by Monty Python's Terry Gilliam, and co-directed and choreographed by Leah Hausman. Designs are Jon Bausor; with costumes from Antony McDonald, video design by Will Duke, sound design by Paul Groothuis, and casting by David Grindrod. In the interview Rhashan talks about the spectacle of the show, saying that the special effects and sets are resulting in everyone "just gasping and putting their hands over their mouth, because they cannot believe what they're seeing in the theatre." On the director Terry Gilliam, Rhashan says that he's like "an eight year old trapped in an 80 year old's body", and that he is "the funniest man and he's such a lovely guy, and he's always watching and thinking of new ideas." The cast of the show is impressive. Alongside Rhastan Stone as the Baker is Alex Young as the Baker's Wife; Julian Bleach as Mysterious Man; Audrey Brisson as Cinderella; Nicola Hughes as the Witch; Barney Wilkinson as Jack; Charlotte Jaconelli as Florinda; Lauren Conroy as Little Red Riding Hood; Maria Conneeley as Rapunzel; Nathanael Campbell as the Wolf / Prince; Gillian Bevan as Jack’s Mother; Henry Jenkinson as the Prince; Jamie Birkett as Lucinda; Samuel Holmes as the Steward; Alexandra Waite-Roberts as Cinderella’s Stepmother; and Jessica Barton as Little Girl. Listen to the interview Listen to the interview on BBC Sounds More about Into the Woods Rhashan Stone and Alex Young rehearsing as the Baker and the Baker's wife in Into The Woods Interview with Rhashan Stone Claire CavanaghWe've got another guest for you, very exciting. He's an actor starring in Into The Woods with music by Stephen Sondheim, which you can see at the Theatre Royal Bath from Wednesday. You may have also seen this man on telly in Hollington Drive, in Finding Alice and in Keeping Faith. Turns out I've seen them all. Welcome to the show Rhashan Stone. Hi, Rhashan. How you doing? Rhashan StoneAm, okay. I'm very well. You watch a lot of television! Claire CavanaghIt turns out I do. Does that make me into a superfan before we've ever met? Rhashan StoneBut they're all great shows. They're good fun to sit down and watch with a pizza. Claire CavanaghOh my goodness. I just feel like Telly is just churning out really great drama right now. Rhashan StoneThere's some really great stuff at the moment. Claire CavanaghAnd you're in it all. Rhashan StoneWell I am at the moment until they get bored of me and start on someone else. Claire CavanaghI mean, Hollington Drive was kind of bits of it were sort of bonkers, but it was, what they describe as compelling, wasn't it? Rhashan StoneAbsolutely I have to say when I got the script through, and I had a look, I honestly had no idea who had done it until I actually read it in the script. Because very often you sort of have a look and you think yeah, I can see where this is going. I was as taken by surprise as everybody else. Claire CavanaghAre you somebody who watches a lot of Telly? Do you watch as much as me for example? Rhashan StoneI love Telly I have to say, I do love telly and especially now that I'm in gorgeous Bath and I've got time to sort of, I've got extra time. I've got a family, kids and everything, but while I'm here I'm on my own, so I get back after the show and I plug into a good old box set and I'm awaty. Claire CavanaghDo you sort of act like a single man again, when you're away on tour? Rhashan StoneI do a bit! But I do tell my wife, she doesn't mind. I think I go to the pub a bit more than I do when I'm at home. Claire CavanaghOf course you ! So this is Into the Woods, music by Stephen Sondheim. Of course, who we lost only last year, wasn't it? Rhashan StoneYeah, very recently. Claire CavanaghTell us something about this show. What can we expect if we come to see you? Rhashan StoneOh my goodness. This show is about, goodness me, it must be about 30 years old now, I'd say. And when it was first performed, I was young and I was at drama school. And I just thought it was the most brilliant thing, and I remember thinking, God I would absolutely love to be in the show one day. And it's been done quite a few times. But I think this is the first time that it's been done on this scale because we have the amazing Terry Gilliam and Leah Hauman directing the show, and honestly I mean we come out and we look at the special effects and we look at the set and we know what's coming and everybody's just gasping and putting their hands over their mouth, because they cannot believe what they're seeing in the theatre. It is so exciting. And so I think people will be absolutely blown away. I mean it's a real visual feast. In true Gilliam style. Claire CavanaghI have read the description and I have to say I then reread it and thought, oh kay. So if you are going to this show, I imagine there are a lot of surprises. Rhashan StoneThere are a lot of surprises. So did you know the story before? Rhashan StoneSo it's about a baker and his wife who happen to live in a sort of enchanted Kingdom where all of the Grim fairy tales live in the same place. So we have Little Red Riding Hood, we have Cinderella, we have the wolf, we have Rapunzel. And the Baker and his wife are the only two sort of invented characters. So Stephen Sondheim and James (Lapine) invented them. I play the baker and Alex Young plays the Baker's Wife and we have a sense of the audience and we're taking the audience with us on this story. And we are desperate to have a child and in true fairytale style, a witch promises us that she can furnish us with a child if we do one thing, and it's the one thing that sets them off on this odyssey. But it's a very rich show. The music is amazing. The story doesn't go where you think it's going to go. It's a real treat actually, and it's very playful and very funny, and it's very irreverant, yer I think it's absolutely fantastic. Claire CavanaghNot really, no. Claire CavanaghAnd is it crazy having Monty Python's Terry Gilliam involved in this? Rhashan StoneIt is! I say to him, you're like an eight year old trapped in an 80 year old's body. He's the funniest man and he's such a lovely guy, and he's always watching and thinking of new ideas. And he's so mischievous. He's always saying, let's put this in the show. And at first you think, that's never gonna work. And they've made it work, and it's absolutely wonderful. Really. Claire CavanaghIs it your first time in Bath performing? Rhashan StoneIt isn't actually. I was here in a production of Sweeney Todd that the National Theatre did, quite a few years ago, I can't actually remember how many now. And I've worked in Bath because I'm in McDonald and Dodds and we did Agatha Raisin which also shoots in and around Bath, so I know this neck of the woods pretty well now. Claire CavanaghAnd what do you do when, because you've got a couple of days I think before your first performance in this show. Do you get much chance to do anything else besides go to the theatre and…? Rhashan StoneNo, honestly we're here, and because it's a musical it's very different, I've mostly done plays in my life, so once you know your lines and you vaguely know what you are doing, you sort of get into it. But with t he addition of the music you constantly have to revisit, so every night I have to go back, refresh myself on my music as much as on the script and everything else. Claire CavanaghLots of people, because you've done so much television recently, won't realise that you are a singer and a songwriter. Is it exciting to combine that with your acting? Rhashan StoneOh, I love it, I absolutely love it. And particularly in a show like this, which is very character driven. So it's got great story. It's got great lines, proper belly laughs I mean, there are some bits where I sit out and watch, where I'm wiping a tear away because it's very genuinely very, very funny. But it's yeah, it's lovely being able to sing and act and be in this beautiful theatre. Bath is one of the most beautiful cities in the country. It is stunning. And yer, I am just so happy to be here. Claire CavanaghI think what you get with Bath as well, is a city that loves theatre. I think its part of the city you know, going out. That is your entertainment. Rhashan StoneAbsolutely. And I can see when I look out the window, is that Bath likes to go anyway, the restaurants are full, everyone's out in the lovely weather, sitting in the park, it's wonderful. Claire CavanaghYou are starring alongside Audrey Brisson from Amelie. Wow, that's cool. Rhashan StoneI know, and she's absolutely fantastic and she's playing the role of Cinderella in the show, and she just brings something so unique to it, anybody who saw Audrey in Amelie will know how talented she is. She's just wonderful in the show. And it's a very, very difficult role. It's a beautiful part but for a singer it's actually really, really challenging. And she makes it seem so effortless, which is wonderful. Claire CavanaghWell enjoy your time there Rhashan. Such a joy to have you on the show. Thank you so much. Rhashan StoneGreat to talk to you. Cheers. Bye bye. Claire CavanaghRhashan Stone, who appears in all telly: Hollington Drive, Finding Alice, Keeping Faith, actually there's a whole long other list as well; McDonald and Dodds he was talking about that as well. You can see him in Into the Woods, music by Stephen Sondheim. And it starts at the Theatre Royal Bath from Wednesday and runs into September as well. So if you can get yourself a ticket, please do it because it sounds so good, doesn't it?
Terry Gilliam, Leah Hausman reveal more details about Into The Woods
The directors of the forthcoming Theatre Royal Bath production of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods have revealed more details about the show. The company zoomed with James Lapine, writer of the book for Into the Woods , last week during final rehearsals for the show, which starts performances this Wednesday, 17 August 2022 in Bath. Acclaimed stage and film director Terry Gilliam (Monty Python’s Flying Circus) and respected international choreographer Leah Hausman are co-directing the musical, and spoke to InBath ahead of the premiere. The Into the Woods cast includes Julian Bleach (co-creator of Olivier Award-winning Shockheaded Peter, Doctor Who, The Borgias), Audrey Brisson (Olivier Award nominee for Amélie, Outlander), Nicola Hughes (Olivier Award nominee for Fosse and Porgy and Bess), Rhashan Stone (All About Eve, Noël Coward Theatre, Finding Alice) and Alex Young (Follies, National Theatre) alongside Gillian Bevan, Nathanael Campbell, Maria Conneely, Lauren Conroy, Phoebe Fildes, Samuel Holmes, Charlotte Jaconelli, Henry Jenkinson and Barney Wilkinson. Gilliam says in the interview that he has wanted to direct the show ever since seeing the Richard Jones production at the Phoenix Theatre in London 1990 starring  Julia McKenzie as the Witch, Ian Bartholomew as the Baker and Imelda Staunton as the Baker's Wife; and that audiences can expect "joy, horror, beauty, imagination - a full range of theatrical experience" from their new staging of the show. Leah Hausman went on to add that the show would evoke a "delicious visual world, lots of unexpected turns and twists, and some knock out numbers." In terms of the score, Hausman reveals that some small modifications have been made, such as "some music is intended to cover scene changes, which we won't need, and there are other places where we've had to extend the music to accommodate our action." Regarding the creative look of the show, Gilliam tantalisingly says that "if you like Pollock’s Toy Theatres you will love this", in reference to the fact that Gilliam and Hausman have devised a whole new conceit for the show, with the story unfolding through the eyes of a young girl playing with a Victorian toy theatre.  Hausman says that the design, by set designer Jon Bausor and costume designer Antony McDonald is "very ambitious", and promises to be 'unexpected, beautiful, dark and very Terry!!" Gilliam goes on to say that, "the look of the show is one thing, but it’s the cast that absolutely makes it", with the casting being a lengthy process, resulting in "an extraordinary cast, utterly extraordinary, everyone at every level is breath-taking". Into the Woods plays the Theatre Royal Bath from 17 August to 10 September 2022. Photo: Terry Gilliam in rehearsals for Into the Woods, by Marc Brenner. More about Into the Woods
Into the Woods cast at Theatre Royal Bath includes Alex Young, Nicola Hughes, Julian Bleach, Audrey Brisson, Rhashan Stone
Casting has been revealed for Terry Gilliam and Leah Hausman's revival of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods at the Theatre Royal Bath. The new production opens at the Theatre Royal Bath on 19 August 2022, running until 10 September. Producers then plan to transfer the show to the West End in 2023. The cast includes TV and film actor Julian Bleach (Halo, The Brothers Grimm, Emerald City Shockheaded Peter) as the Mysterious Man; Audrey Brisson, star of the recent West End production of Amélie The Musical as Cinderella; Olivier Award nominated West End actress Nicola Hughes (Chicago, Fosse, Porgy and Bess) as the Witch; TV and stage actor Rhashan Stone (All About Eve, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) as the Baker; musicals actress Alex Young (Anyone Can Whistle at the Southwark Playhouse; Follies at the National Theatre) as the Baker's Wife; West End actress Gillian Bevan (Into The Woods; Sweeney Todd; Doctors; Teachers) as Jack's Mother; and Britain's Got Talent star, singer and actress Charlotte Jaconelli as Florinda. Other cast includes Nathanael Campbell (Come From Away) as the Wolf / the Prince, Maria Conneely as Rapunzel, Lauren Conroy as Little Red Riding Hood, Phoebe Fildes (The Mousetrap) as Lucinda, Samuel Holmes (Crazy For You, Kiss Me, Kate) as the Steward, Henry Jenkinson as the Prince, and Barney Wilkinson(Sunset Boulevard, Bat Out of Hell) as Jack. Billed as "imaginative and delightfully playful", the big news is that Gilliam and Hausman have a new conceit for the show: the story unfolds through the inquisitive eyes of a young girl playing with a Victorian toy theatre.  The show is produced by Scenario Two and Theatre Royal Bath Productions. Scenario Two's co-director John Berry said: “It’s been both a joy and privilege to work with Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine throughout the development of this new production and I’m thrilled to be working again with stage Directors Terry Gilliam and Leah Hausman, whose work together is never less than highly entertaining and always visually stunning.” Anthony Lilley, also of Scenario Two, said “It’s been a challenge for the whole industry to bring shows to the stage over the last couple of years, so we are especially thrilled to share the news of this wonderful cast.  I can’t wait for the first day of rehearsals and to see the production finally come alive in Bath this August.” Theatre Royal Bath’s director Danny Moar said: “We are thrilled to have secured a cast as talented as our creative team and as extraordinary as Stephen Sondheim’s material. This promises to be the most spectacular production ever to have been staged at the Theatre Royal Bath.” The production was originally to have been staged at the Old Vic Theatre in London in April 2021 before being cancelled. Into the Woods is the award-winning musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Lapine. The show brings together a number of Grimm Brothers fairytales including Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel into one magical story. Acclaimed film and stage director Terry Gilliam, who was part of the iconic Monty Python team, will direct the show, alongside American choreographer Leah Hausman. Other creators include designer Jon Bausor, costume designer Antony McDonald, video designer Will Duke, sound designer Paul Groothuis, and casting director David Grindrod. The show's awards include a Tony Award for Best Score and Best Book for the 1987 Broadway original production starring Bernadette Peters; a Tony Award in 2002 for Best Revival; and an Olivier Award in 2011 for best musical for the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre production starring Hannah Waddingham and Jenna Russell. More information about Into the Woods Theatre Royal Bath website
New poster artwork for Terry Gilliam’s revival of Sondheim’s Into the Woods at Theatre Royal Bath
The Theatre Royal Bath and producers Scenario Two have released new poster art for Terry Gilliam's long-awaited revival of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods. The new production will open at the Theatre Royal Bath on 19 August 2022, running until 10 September. The production was originally to have been staged at the Old Vic Theatre in London, before being cancelled. The show will then transfer into the West End in late 2022 or early 2023, with no further news on casting or dates. Acclaimed film and stage director Terry Gilliam, who was part of the iconic Monty Python team, is directing the show with American choreographer Leah Hausman. Other members of the creative team include designer Jon Bausor, costume designer Antony McDonald, video designer Will Duke, sound designer Paul Groothuis, and casting director David Grindrod. Into the Woods has music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Lapine, and brings together a number of Grimm Brothers fairytales including Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel into one magical story. A baker and his wife desperately yearn to have a child but have been cursed by the Witch who lives next door, thanks to the actions of the baker’s father. The only way to lift the curse is to find four obscures yet strangely familiar items – a cow as white as milk, a slipper as pure as gold, a cape as red as blood and a hair as yellow as corn. With only three nights to find them before the curse becomes irreversible, the couple head deep into the mysterious nearby woods only to discover more about themselves than they might ever have expected… The show has won a number of awards including Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Book for the original 1987 Broadway production starring Bernadette Peters, a Tony Award in 2002 for Best Revival, and an Olivier Award for best musical revival in 2011 for the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre starring Hannah Waddingham and Jenna Russell. Into the Woods was also turned into a hit movie directed by Rob Marshall and starring Meryl Streep, James Corden, Emily Blunt and Johnny Depp. Into the Woods is produced by Scenario Two and Theatre Royal Bath Productions. More information about Into the Woods Theatre Royal Bath website The new poster artwork for Into The Woods at the Theatre Royal Bath
Into the Woods to open at Theatre Royal Bath directed by Terry Gilliam before West End transfer
Terry Gilliam's long-awaited revival of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods is to be staged at the Theatre Royal Bath, before a West End transfer. Into the Woods, the award-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim, who died last month aged 91, is to be revived in the UK. Acclaimed film and stage director Terry Gilliam, who was part of the iconic Monty Python team, will direct the show, alongside American choreographer Leah Hausman. Other creators include designer Jon Bausor, costume designer Antony McDonald, video designer Will Duke, sound designer Paul Groothuis, and casting director David Grindrod. The new production will open at the Theatre Royal Bath on 19 August 2022, running until 10 September. The production was originally to have been staged at the Old Vic Theatre in London, before being cancelled. The show will then transfer into the West End in late 2022 or early 2023, with no further news on casting or dates. Into the Woods was due to open at the Old Vic Theatre in April 2021, but was cancelled by the Old Vic's former executive director Kate Varah. Into the Woods has music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim musical and a book by James Lapine, and brings together a number of Grimm Brothers fairytales including Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel into one magical story. A baker and his wife desperately yearn to have a child but have been cursed by the Witch who lives next door, thanks to the actions of the baker’s father. The only way to lift the curse is to find four obscures yet strangely familiar items – a cow as white as milk, a slipper as pure as gold, a cape as red as blood and a hair as yellow as corn. With only three nights to find them before the curse becomes irreversible, the couple head deep into the mysterious nearby woods only to discover more about themselves than they might ever have expected… The show has won a number of awards including Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Book for the original 1987 Broadway production starring Bernadette Peters, a Tony Award in 2002 for Best Revival, and an Olivier Award for best musical revival in 2011 for the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre starring Hannah Waddingham and Jenna Russell. Into the Woods was also turned into a hit movie directed by Rob Marshall and starring Meryl Streep, James Corden, Emily Blunt and Johnny Depp. Terry Gilliam came to fame as one of the Monty Python Flying Circus troupe. In 2009, he was presented with the BAFTA Lifetime Achievement Award for a film career which has included Brazil, Twelve Monkeys, Time Bandits, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and the Oscar-winning The Fisher King. He has also directed to critical acclaim The Damnation of Faust and Benvenuto Cellini for English National Opera. Into the Woods is produced by Scenario Two and Theatre Royal Bath Productions. Scenario Two co-director John Berry said in a statement that Sondheim had given them his permission before his death: “We feel privileged to be working on this wonderful work and we are extremely grateful to Steve (Sondheim) and James Lapine for their support as we searched for a new home for this production." More information about Into the Woods Theatre Royal Bath website

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