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Into the Woods, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre | reviews, news & interviews

Into the Woods, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

Into the Woods, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

Taut ensembles and three star turns in Sondheim's knottiest show

Hannah Waddingham as an especially twisted witch in Sondheim's dark tapestry of fairy talesAll images by Catherine Ashmore

Sometimes people leave you halfway through the wood. Sondheim meant that in a life-and-death kind of way, but it applied literally to this ingenious show at the autumnal August preview I attended. Some folk thought Act One’s knitting-up of polyphonic fairy-tale lines really was the happy end. Others found unseasonable damp gnawing their bones and slunk off to comforting warmth. Don’t go, I pleaded, it gets deliciously darker.

The maze of walkways among the breathtakingly beautiful amphitheatre of imaginatively lit trees serves the introduction of fairy-tale characters superlatively well

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Your tip on the seven-note theme really enhanced my understanding of the score, so thanks for that. I thought the Baker was not strong vocally, but his wife was, and the choreography and lighting design (not always obviously important) were excellent.

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