INTO THE WOODS comes to Menier Chocolate Factory this summer
May 18, 2016  //  By:   //  News  //  Comments are off

Into the Woods. Image by Joan Marcus

Following great critical success in New York, innovative and ground breaking theatre company Fiasco bring their enchanting reinvention of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s masterpiece Into The Woods to the Chocolate Factory this Summer. The production opens on 12 July, with previews from 1 July, and runs until 17 September.

Using ten actors, multiple musical instruments and boundless imagination, this fairytale classic is reimagined as never before. This production, which received the 2015 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Revival, will include the original US cast.

Featuring the timeless songs Children Will Listen and No One Is Alone, this Tony Award-winning musical was recently made into a successful Disney feature film starring Meryl Streep, James Corden and Johnny Depp.

“Truly enchanting! These are the woods that you want to get lost in, a place you’ll find buried treasures that you didn’t even know existed.” —Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Stephen Sondheim (b1930) is one of the world’s greatest living composer and lyricists. His works include Saturday Night, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Anyone Can Whistle, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday in the Park With George (Pulitzer Prize), Passion, Assassins and Road Show. Sondheim also wrote the lyrics for West Side Story, Gypsy and Do I Hear a Waltz? He is the recipient of multiple awards, including 8 Tony Awards – one of which was a Lifetime Achievement Award, 7 Grammys and an Academy Award for Best Song for Dick Tracy, and was elected to The American Academy of Arts and Letters (1983).

James Lapine (b1949) also collaborated with Sondheim on Sunday in the Park with George and Into the Woods – he also directed the original productions. His other librettos include Falsettos, Der Glockner von Notre Dame and A New Brain. Lapine is also a director and playwright.

Directed by: Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld; Music Supervisor: Matt Castle
Choreographer: Lisa Shriver; Set Design: Derek McLane; Costume Design: Whitney Locher
Lighting Design: Christopher Akerlind; Sound Design: Darron L West

1 July – 17 September 2016

Photo: Joan Marcus