Into the Woods

The Sondheim classic with a 21st century twist.

23 May to 24 Jun

Full price: £24 (more on the door) Concessions: £20

Presented by The Cockpit in collaboration with All Star Productions and Trilby Productions

After a sellout production in 2014 at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre, we are delighted to bring you this comically dark masterpiece of a musical where well known fairy tales interweave to create a magical world which suddenly turns upside down revealing the 'Grimm' darkness of these traditional stories. 


Beware of what you wish for..


Performed in the round, you will feel that you too are in the middle of the forest with our ensemble of 17 larger than life characters drawn from modern day Britain, complete with a cocaine-snorting Rapunzel, a paedophile Wolf and an evil stepmother straight from Towie.

'Director Tim McArthur clearly understands the power and magic of this material and succeeds in communicating it down to his wonderful cast..... To help them, he has taken the liberty of re-setting the action in the present day, a genius stroke that allows for the trawling of countless tropes from 21st century British culture, from The Jeremy Kyle Show and The Only Way is Essex to William and Kate’s wedding and the selfie craze. (Is it now de rigueur to include a group selfie element in every stage musical?!)'

'the orchestrations are beautiful and utterly faultless.... Act II is a tear-jerker No One Is Alone is particularly heart-rending....This is yet another magical production from Clingham and co where they all live happily ever after. Faultless music, a carefully crafted storyline and devilish humour apparent in the direction, ramping up the fun factor even further.'


Director Tim McArthur
Musical Director Aaron Clingham

Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited

Jordan Michael Todd - Narrator
Abigail Carter-Simpson - Cinderella
Jamie O'Donnell - Jack
Tim McArthur - Baker
Jo Wickham - Bakers Wife
Mary Lincoln - Cinderella's Stepmother
Macey Cherrett - Florinda
Francesca Pim - Lucinda
Madeleine MacMahon - Jack's Mother
Florence Odumosu - Little Red Ridinghood
Michele Moran - Witch
Christina Thornton - Cinderella's Mother, Granny, Giant
Ashley Daniels - Cinderella's Prince / Wolf
Louise Olley - Rapunzel
Jonathan Wadey - Mysterious Man
Michael Duke - Rapunzel Prince
David Pendlebury - Steward

Director: Tim McArthur
Musical Director: Aaron Clingham
Set Designer: Joana Dias
Costume Designer: Stewart Charlesworth
Lighting Designer: Vittorio Verta
Sound Designer: Gavin Hales
Stage Manager: Randy Smartnick
Assistant Stage Manager: Nicola M Landy
Assistant Director: Ellen Verenieks
Assistant Musical Staging: Nicola Martin
Production Assistant: Angie Lawrence
Production Photographer: David Ovenden
Casting Director: Andrew Yon
Public Relations: Chloe Nelkin Consulting
Producers: Andrew Yon for All Star Productions, Katherine Ives for Trilby Productions and The Cockpit

Photographs by David Ovenden


Wednesday 23rd May to Sunday 24th June
(No shows on Mondays)
7:30pm - Tuesdays to Saturdays, 3:30pm - Sundays

Previews: £18.00 (Wed May 23rd & Thurs 24th)

Full Price: £24.00 (£26.00 on the door)
Concessions [Under-16s, Equity/Spotlight/MU/BECTU Members, Over-60s, Retirees, Persons with Unemployment/Disability Support, Veterans]£20.00 (All Tuesdays & Wednesdays)
Students: £15.00 (Wed 23rd, Thurs 24th, Sat 26th & Sun 27th May)

Press Night: £35.00 includes 2 drinks & programme (Fri 25th May)

Age Guidance:
This production is not like the Disney film which glossed over some of the darker and more serious themes of this piece. Our production also includes a drug taking Rapunzel and a paedophiliac wolf. We believe this is comparable to a cinema 12A rating.  Note that the Disney film was rated PG

Wheelchair user? Please contact us before buying tickets.

Wheelchair users able to transfer to a theatre seat are very welcome at this production but unfortunately we are not able to  provide  wheelchair spaces during the show. If you are a wheelchair user or are planning to attend with someone who is, please email us first on receptionatthecockpit [dot] org [dot] uk (subject: Wheelchair%20-%20Into%20The%20Woods) or call 0207 258 2925