Tim McArthur will direct a new production of James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, playing at the Cockpit Theatre from the 23rd May. 

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This new production of Sondheim’s classic musical, gives it a new twist that invites the audience to journey into the middle of the forest where well-known fairy tales interweave to create a magical world.

Into the Woods follows a childless baker and his wife as they dream of having a child. In a bid to undo the curse placed on them and other storybook characters, the witch sends them into the woods to reverse this. As act one unfolds, all the fairy tales reach the ending of their tales but does this mean everyone will be happy? This innovative production sees the giant’s wife from Jack and the Beanstalk come down to the kingdom to seek revenge, crushing many characters on her way. Will the storybook people learn to work together to defeat her?

The production will be performed in the round with an ensemble of seventeen larger-than-life characters drawn from modern day Britain, including references to the Jeremy Kyle Show to William and Kate’s royal wedding. This contemporary revival is complete with a drug using Rapunzel, a paedophile Wolf and an evil stepmother straight from TOWIE.

Talking about the production Time McArthur said: “My love for Stephen Sondheim began in 1988 when I went to see a production of Follies at the Shaftesbury Theatre. As I grow older, I find myself unconsciously re-looking at Sondheim’s material; its complexity is vast and as an artist, I continue to discover new meanings and feelings about his storytelling. Into the Woods is a magnificent piece of theatre and storytelling and, young or old, it’s full of life and lessons that we can all learn from.”

The musical is produced by All Star Productions and Trilby Productions, with casting and  further creative team to be confirmed.

Into the Woods will play at the Cockpit Theatre from the 23rd May until the 24th June. For more information visit: http://thecockpit.org.uk/show/into_the_woods

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