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Stephen Sondheim's darkly humorous fairytale becomes the Open Air's 2010 musical. Read More >

Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into The Woods takes the stories of the Brothers Grimm and gives them a dark and humorous twist. The popular tales of Red Riding Hood, Jack And The Beanstalk, Cinderella and Rapunzel are interwoven with that of the Baker and his wife and their quest to have children. However, this retelling goes beyond ‘happily ever after’ as the familiar characters find themselves in unfamiliar circumstances and hopes and dreams are shattered.

American composer Sondheim is a multi-award-winner whose many musicals include A Little Night Music, Sunday In The Park With George, Assassins, Company and Follies. This production in staged in honour of his 80th birthday this year.

Into The Woods is directed by Open Air Artistic Director Timothy Sheader, who directed last season’s popular production of Hello, Dolly!

The cast of Into The Woods is led by two acclaimed actresses who have both made an impact in Sondheim productions recently. Hannah Waddingham was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for playing Desiree in A Little Night Music last year. Jenna Russell won a Best Actress in a Musical Laurence Olivier Award in 2007 for playing Dot in Sondheim’s Sunday In The Park With George.

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Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 5/08/2010

Opening Night: 16/08/2010

Closing Night: 11/09/2010

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Cast & Creative


Hannah Waddingham, Jenna Russell, Helen Dallimore, Marc Antolin, Valda Aviks, Billy Boyle, Gaye Brown, Sophie Caton, Alice Fearn, Mark Goldthorp, Amy Griffiths, Mark Hadfield, Amy Ellen Richardson, Ben Stott, Gemma Wardle


Director - Timothy Sheader & Liam Steel

Producer - Open Air

Designer - Soutra Gilmour

Lighting Designer - Jon Clark

Movement Director - Liam Steel

Sound - Mike Walker

Lyrics By - Stephen Sondheim

Music By - Stephen Sondheim

About Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Regent's Park, London, United Kingdom, NW1 4NR

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