Sondheim masterpiece coming to Bath

INTO The Woods, one of the best-loved masterpieces of the late Stephen Sondheim, is coming to Bath Theatre Royal in the summer, after London’s Old Vic theatre pulled the plug on a production by former Monty Python star Terry Gilliam.

The musical, with book by James Lapine, will open at the theatre on Friday 19th August, running to Saturday 10th September.

Presented by Scenario Two and Theatre Royal Bath Productions, this eagerly anticipated production of Into The Woods brings together a world-class, multi award-winning creative team including stage and film director Terry Gilliam, co-director and choreographer Leah Hausman, designer Jon Bausor, costume designer Antony McDonald, video designer Will Duke, sound designer Paul Groothuis and casting director David Grindrod.

Weaving together many of the Grimm Brothers’ dark fairy stories and folk tales, Into The Woods takes audiences deep into the northern forests with Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and many other stories to see what really happens when we achieve our ‘happy ever after’?

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 obscure 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…

One of the most famous musicals of the modern era, winner of the Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Book, a Tony Award for Best Revival in 2002 and filmed with an A list cast including Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp, Into The Woods is a captivating, witty and entertaining musical adventure for audiences of all ages.

Terry Gilliam came to fame as the surreal artist behind many of the Monty Python Flying Circus images of the late sixties and early seventies. In 2009, he was presented with the BAFTA Lifetime Achievement Award for a film career which has included the visually stunning 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, productions which travelled across Europe.

Scenario Two co-director Anthony Lilley said: “We are thrilled that our collaboration with new partners Theatre Royal Bath will mean that this production of Into the Woods can be seen by Stephen Sondheim’s huge UK fan base.”