Head Into The Woods in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 21:45 11 April 2013 | UPDATED: 21:45 11 April 2013

Into the Woods plays at the Barn Theatre in Welwyn Garden City [Picture: Simon Wallace]

Into the Woods plays at the Barn Theatre in Welwyn Garden City [Picture: Simon Wallace]

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MUSICAL Into The Woods opens at the Barn Theatre in Welwyn Garden City this weekend.

ONCE upon a time... And so begins Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s musical masterpiece that is Into The Woods.

Cinderella, Jack (the one who climbed the Beanstalk), Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel – all familiar fairy stories of our youth.

But what happens when they all meet in this fantastical musical tale, where a childless baker and his wife embark upon a quest to reverse the curse placed on their family some years before?

You can find out at the Barn Theatre in WGC from Friday.

Directed by Tiffany Breeze, Into The Woods plays at the Handside Lane theatre from April 12 to Saturday, April 20.

There will be vengeful giants and lascivious wolves as our intrepid heroes venture Into The Woods, in search of the magic ingredients that will finally grant their wish.

Everyone’s wish is granted at the end of act one.

But this is no ordinary fairytale – the predicted ‘happy ever after’ is all too soon shattered and it is only after another trip into the woods that the survivors realise that they must work together to achieve any kind of normality again.

As a critic from The Mail on Sunday writes about Sondheim’s masterpiece: “It’s spellbinding stuff, not only musically, but lyrically, visually and emotionally”.

Barn director Tiffany Breeze adds: “Original and colourful but with a dark side.”

Tickets for the musical cost £12.50 (and £8 for club members on the opening Friday).

Performances are nightly at 8pm and there’s also a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm on April 20.

For tickets call the box office on 01707 324300 or visit www.barntheatre.co.uk

The show will also be entered for Hertford Theatre Week.


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