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Into The Woods (2016)

  • Venue: Quarry Theatre
  • Duration: 150
  • Age Guidance: 11+
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Be careful what you wish for…

In Sondheim’s classic musical, well-known fairy tale characters collide, but for Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and Red Riding Hood, together with a childless baker and his wife, ‘Happily Ever After’ turns out to be far from the end of the story.

Whilst all the elements are there – a slipper as pure as gold, hair as yellow as corn, magic beans and of course the curse of a witch – this is no conventional fairy tale. The familiar find themselves in very unfamiliar circumstances in this darkly comic tale.

A recent movie hit starring Meryl Streep, Sondheim’s revered wit and intelligence unite Opera North and West Yorkshire Playhouse in their first major collaboration. Featuring the singers of Opera North and directed by the Playhouse’s Artistic Director James Brining, prepare for a performance that is far more than ‘Once upon a time’.

Special pre-performance event on Tue 21 June:
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Congreve Room, 6pm – 6.45pm, FREE

Join Musical Director Jim Holmes, cast member Jeremy Peaker and Opera North’s Chorus Manager Steven Phillips for a unique insider view of West Yorkshire Playhouse and Opera North’s critically acclaimed new production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods.

‘Singing that pins you to your seat’
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‘The show is a full blooded triumph’
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Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine
Original orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Presented by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LIMITED on behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL of New York



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Cast & Credits

Music and Lyrics Stephen Sondheim / Book by James Lapine / Director James Brining / Conductor James Holmes / Designer Colin Richmond / Lighting Designer Tim Mitchell / Sound Designer Ben Harrison / Movement Director David Hulston / Assistant Director Francesca Murray-Fuentes / Musical Director Jim Holmes / Assistant Conductor Stephen Betteridge / Puppet Designer Rachael Canning / Video Designer Douglas O'Connell / Keyboard Programming Leigh Thompson /

A West Yorkshire Playhouse and Opera North co-production

  • Miranda Bevin
    as Stepmother
  • Gillene Butterfield
    as Cinderella
  • Amy Freston
    as Rapunzel
  • Rachel J. Mosley
    as Granny/Cinderella’s mother
  • Anna Barry
    as Lucinda
  • Louise Collett
    as Bakers Wife
  • Hazel Croft
    as Jack’s Mother
  • Helen Èvora
    as Red Riding Hood
  • Cordelia Fish
    as Florinda
  • Claire Pascoe
    as Witch
  • Warren Gillespie
    as Rapunzel Prince
  • David Llewellyn
    as Wolf
  • Nicholas Watts
    as Jack
  • Nicholas Butterfield
    as Narrator
  • Garrick Forbes
    as Cinderella’s Father
  • Ross McInroy
    as Cinderella Prince
  • Jeremy Peaker
    as Mysterious Man
  • Dean Robinson
    as Baker
  • Gordon D. Shaw
    as Steward
  • Arwel Price
    as Ensemble
  • Campbell Rusell
    as Ensemble
  • Nicola Unwin
    as Ensemble
  • Marie Claire Breen
    as Ensemble


“ West Yorkshire Playhouse and Opera North have chosen the perfect vehicle for a co-production”

- Musical Theatre Review

“ … magical take on Stephen Sondheim’s musical”

- The Guardian

“ James Brining’s production is terrific”

- The Telegraph

“ … full of compassion, joy and above all humour”

- The Yorkshire Post

“ James Brining’s bold staging of Sondheim and Lapine’s dark fairytale fusion must surely go down… as the first truly epic account”

- The Stage

“ Colin Richmond’s visually captivating design”

- WhatsOnStage

Book Tickets

Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.

Sing Along

Singalong with the cast in this exclusive performance. Join in as loud as you like, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.

Post Show Discussion

Parent & Baby Performance

A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.

Socially Distanced

A guaranteed socially distanced performance provides seating with additional space between bubbles to allow appropriate social distancing.

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £1.95 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.


  • Captioned - Captioned
  • Signed - Signed
  • Audio Description - Audio Description
  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
  • Dementia Friendly Performance - Dementia Friendly Performance
  • Post Show Discussion - Post Show Discussion
  • Sing Along - Sing Along
  • Socially Distanced - Socially Distanced
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