Being produced to celebrate Sondheim's 80th birthday, the show is funny, dark and immensely popular. This production of Into The Woods is directed by Timothy Sheader, the artistic director of the Open Air Theatre with musical direction of the unseen band by Gareth Valentine. The alfresco location in Regent's Park and fantastical set full of ladders and staircases, designed by Soutra Gilmour, give a wonderful backdrop for this story of a magical woodland.
Into The Woods opened on 16 August 2010 (previews from 6 August) and runs until 11 September. Did Sondheim's fairytale musical leave the critics happy "Ever After" or watching in "Agony"?
- Helena Rampley