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Into The Woods

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Book by James Lapine; Co-Directed by Terry Gilliam and Leah Hausman
  • 17 August - 10 September
Into The Woods

Event Information

Evenings 7.30pm
Matinees Sat 20 Aug, Sat 27 Aug, Thurs 1, Sat 3, Thurs 8 & Sat 10 Sept 2.30pm
Press Night Weds 24 & Thurs 25 Aug 7pm

Assisted Performance:
Described: Thursday 8 September 2022 - 7.30pm

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Wed 17 Aug — Sat 10 Sep

This imaginative and delightfully playful new production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods arrives as a timely celebration of the late composer’s remarkable impact on musical theatre. 

The supremely talented ensemble cast includes Julian Bleach (co-creator of Olivier Award-winning Shockheaded Peter, Doctor Who, The Borgias), Audrey Brisson (Olivier Award nominee for Amélie, Outlander), Nicola Hughes (Olivier Award nominee for Fosse and Porgy and Bess), Rhashan Stone (All About Eve, Noël Coward Theatre, Finding Alice) and Alex Young (Follies, National Theatre) alongside Gillian Bevan, Nathanael Campbell, Maria Conneely, Lauren Conroy, Phoebe Fildes, Samuel Holmes, Charlotte Jaconelli, Henry Jenkinson and Barney Wilkinson.

In this production, a young girl playing with her grandfather’s toy theatre imagines an upside down, fairy tale world.  A baker and his wife must set out to reverse a curse which has left them childless and hunt down four magical items to lift the spell. On the way, they meet Little Red Riding Hood (plus a captivating Wolf), Rapunzel and Cinderella, charming Princes (and the obligatory, less charming, Stepsisters), Jack (he of beanstalk fame) and, of course, a Witch.

A world-class creative team led by iconic stage and film director Terry Gilliam, and co-director and choreographer Leah Hausman, brings this magical tale to life. Together with designer Jon Bausor and costume designer Antony McDonald, their vision and design promises to create the most spectacular production ever staged at the Theatre Royal Bath.

Wednesday 17 August – Saturday 10 September 2022

Evenings 7.30pm
Matinees Sat 20 Aug, Sat 27 Aug, Thurs 1, Sat 3, Thurs 8 & Sat 10 Sept 2.30pm
Press Night Weds 24 & Thurs 25 Aug 7pm

Tickets from £27

A booking fee of £2.50 per ticket applies

Presented by Scenario Two and Theatre Royal Bath Productions, this eagerly anticipated production of INTO THE WOODS brings together a world-class, multi award-winning creative team including iconic stage and film  director Terry Gilliam, co-director and choreographer Leah Hausman, designer  Jon Bausor, costume designer Antony McDonald, video designer Will Duke, sound designer Adam Fisher, and casting director David Grindrod.

Terry Gilliam is the surreal director and artist behind the iconic imagery of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. As a legendary film director, he is the recipient of a BAFTA Lifetime Achievement Award for a career which has included Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Brothers Grimm, Brazil, Time Bandits, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and the Oscar-winning The Fisher King. He also directed the English National Opera’s acclaimed productions of The Damnation of Faust and Benvenuto Cellini.

Leah Hausman has choreographed extensively all over the world including for the Royal Opera House, where her credits have included Rigoletto, Die Zauberflöte, Le nozze di Figaro, Aida, Les Troyens and Elektra. She collaborated with Terry Gilliam on The Damnation of Faust and Benvenuto Cellini at The London Coliseum, and has also worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, The Old Vic, Chichester Festival, the Royal Court and many others. 

Cast Biographies

(Left to Right)

Julian Bleach Mysterious Man
Theatre includes: Barkilphedro in The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic and London West End). The Dragon in Saint George and the Dragon (National Theatre). Ivanov in Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (National Theatre). Sowerberry the Undertaker in Oliver! (London West End). Ariel in The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford and London West End).
Emcee in Cabaret (Chichester Festival Theatre). The Master of Ceremonies in Shockheaded Peter (London West End, national and international tours).

Television includes: Jerome McClintock in The English. Mercy in Halo. Dracula in Heirs of the Night. Geoffrey Salter in Close to the Enemy. Davros, Lord of the Daleks in Doctor Who (since 2008). Niccolo Machiavelli in The Borgias (series 1 to 3). The Monster in Frankenstein.

Films include: Clive Orloff in The Show. The Ballet Instructor in Avengers; Age of Ultron. The Grand Inquisitor in Emperor. Clacquesous in Les Miserables. Sir Richard Pole in Anonymous.
The Mystic in The Fall. Letorc in The Brothers Grimm. Franklin Gothic in The Fallen Word. Jacob Plank in Topsy-Turvy.

Audrey Brisson Cinderella
Theatre includes: Amélie The Musical (Criterion Theatre/ The Other Palace Theatre/ Hartshorn-Hook/ Selladoor/ Watermill Theatre) for which she was Nominated for Best Actress in a Musical for Olivier Awards 2020 and for Best Performer in a Musical for UK Theatre Awards 2019, Dr Seuss’s The Lorax (Old Vic Theatre), The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk (Bristol Old Vic Theatre / Wise Children / Edinburgh Festival / Kneehigh), Pericles (National Theatre), Pinocchio (National Theatre), The Strada (UK Tour & The Other Palace), The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic), Romeo and Juliet (Rose Theatre, Kingston), Dead Dog in a Suitcase & Other Love Song (Kneehigh), The Elephantom (National Theatre), The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Kensington Gardens), The Wild Bride and Midnight’s Pumpkin (Kneehigh).

Film includes: W.E. and Hereafter. Television includes: Outlander (Series 2) and Money.

Nicola Hughes Witch
Nicola Hughes is a two time Laurence Olivier nominated lead actress in a musical for her starring roles in ‘Fosse’ (Palace Theatre) working with the late Ann Reinking and Gwen Verdon and playing the leading role of Bess, in Sir Trevor Nunn’s ‘Porgy & Bess’ (The Savoy Theatre).

With a career spanning nearly 30 years, Nicola was the first woman of colour to play Velma Kelly in the West End predecessing Ute Lemper (Adelphi Theatre) and starred with the late Jerry Lewis as Lola in ‘Damn Yankees’ (Adelphi Theatre).

Other theatre work include:
Beverly Frasier in the UK premiere of Jacqui Sibblies Drury’s Pulitzer Prize winning play ‘Fairview’ (Young Vic). Nurse Pinkney, in Alan Bennett’s world premiere of ‘Allelujah’ (The Bridge Theatre). The Ghost of Christmas Present,
‘A Christmas Carol’ (Old Vic). Alma ‘Yellowman’ (Young Vic). Dottie ‘Caroline or Change’ (Chichester Theatre). Bess, in ‘Porgy & Bess’ (Regents Park Theatre). ‘The El Train’ a set of plays by Eugene O’Neil, directed by Ruth Wilson & Sam Yates (Hoxton Hall). Shug Avery in The Original London Company of ‘The Color Purple’ (Menier Chocolate Factory). Ella Fitzgerald in Marilyn & Ella (Theatre Royal Stratford East). Yum Yum in ‘The Hot Mikado’ (Watermill Theatre). Zarita in ‘Simply Heavenly’ (Young Vic, Trafalger Studios). The Acid Queen in the Original London Company of ‘Tommy’ (Shaftsbury Theatre). ‘Crazy for You’ The Original London Company (Prince Edward Theatre).

Film/Television/Radio/Recordings:
Becs – The Split 2 (BBC), Nurse Pinkney – Allelujah (National Theatre Live)
Jenna – Mount Pleasant (Sky 1), Carmen – ‘Parents of the band’(BBC1), Friday Night is Music Night – Kander & Ebb (BBC Radio 2), Sundae Gorgeous – ‘Rock Rivals’ (ITV),
Loretta – Eastenders (BBC1), The Ambassador’s Wife – The Royal Bodyguard (BBC1), Phylicia -Jonathan Creek (BBC1), Gemma – Doctors (BBC1), Shiree Moyer – Trial & Retribution 2 (BBC1) Man of all Work (BBC Radio 4). Dancer in ‘Everybody’s talking about Jamie’ (Amazon films)
Crazy for You – Cast recording
Simply Heavenly – Cast recording
Nicola Hughes – Musical Theatre Album (Pennant Productions)

Instagram: nicolahughes2
Twitter: @TheNicolaHughes

Rhashan Stone Baker
Theatre includes: Fairview (Young Vic), All About Eve (Noel Coward), The Strange Death of John Doe, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism & Socialism (both Hampstead Theatre), Our Town (Almeida), Love and Information, Clubland (both Royal Court), Simply Heavenly (Young Vic & Trafalgar Studios), Southwark Fair, The Red Balloon, Sweeney Todd (all National Theatre), Henry VI, Richard III, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, Camino Real (all RSC), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Regent’s Park), Present Laughter (West Yorkshire Playhouse), As You Like It (Cheek by Jowl) and Five Guys Named Moe (Lyric West End).

Television includes: Hollington Drive, The Trick, McDonald & Dods, Baptiste, Finding Alice, Keeping Faith, Delicious, Carters Get Rich, Apple Tree Yard, The A Word, Ballot Monkeys, 24 – Live Another Day, Bluestone 42, The Smoke, Silk, Black Mirror, Strikeback, Episodes, The Land Girls, Outnumbered, Perfect Day, Bodies, Desmonds.

Film includes: Alone Time, Eve, Three And Out, Wondrous Oblivion

Alex Young Baker’s Wife
Training: Royal Academy of Music and King’s College London (Music).

Theatre Credits include: Cora Hoover Hooper in Anyone Can Whistle (Southwark Playhouse); Amalia Balash in She Loves Me (Sheffield Crucible); Nellie Forbush in South Pacific (Chichester Festival Theatre); Brutus in Coriolanus (Sheffield Crucible); Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls (Sheffield Crucible); Poppy in Standing at the Sky’s Edge (Sheffield Crucible); Sally Smith in Me And My Girl (Chichester Festival Theatre); Young Sally in Follies (National Theatre); Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel (ENO/ London Coliseum); Marge in Promises, Promises (Southwark Playhouse); Ellie May Chipley in Show Boat (Sheffield Crucible & New London Theatre); Erma in Anything Goes (Sheffield Crucible & UK Tour); Brunhilde in I Can’t Sing (London Palladium); Liz in High Society (UK Tour).

Barney Wilkinson Jack
Barney trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
He was the recipient of the Ian Fleming Musical Theatre Award and Help Musicians UK Scholarship.

Credits Include: Sunset Boulevard (UK & International Tour), Bat Out of Hell (Dominion Theatre), The Last Ship (Prince of Wales, Toronto)  and Bonnie & Clyde (Arts Theatre)

Charlotte Jaconelli Florinda
Training: ArtsEd, BA (Hons), 2018
Theatre: Heathers the Musical (Original Cast); Sweet Charity (Donmar Warehouse); The Boy in the Dress (Original Cast – RSC); She Loves Me (Offie Nominee)
TV/Film: Call the Midwife (BBC); Britain’s Got Talent (Runner-up)
Recordings: Heathers the Musical (Original Cast Recording); The Boy in the Dress (Original Cast Recording); Solitaire (Sony Classical, Debut Solo Album); Perhaps Love – Jonathan & Charlotte (Sony Classical); TogetherJonathan & Charlotte (SYCO Music)

Lauren Conroy Little Red Riding Hood
Training: The Dance School of Scotland, Mountview
Television credits: The Confessions of Frannie Langton (ITV), Shetland (BBC)
Workshop: Trainspotting The Musical

This is Lauren’s professional stage debut.

Maria Conneeley Rapunzel
Maria was awarded a Chris Hornby Bursary Scholarship at Arts Educational Schools and graduated with BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre in 2021.
Roles whilst training: Jellylorum in Cats (ArtsEd), Ensemble in Ragtime (ArtsEd), Marta/Ensemble in COMPANY (ArtsEd), Ensemble in Waiting & Creating  – Three Movements (ArtsEd), ArtsEd Choir in Chita Rivera: Live In London (Cadogan Hall), ArtsEd Choir in Music of the Night (Royal Albert Hall), ArtsEd Choir in Olivier Awards 2019 (Royal Albert Hall) and Carrie/Edith in Rules For Living (ArtsEd). At Christmas 2021 Maria appeared as Elizabeth Darling in Peter Pan (Lichfield Garrick Theatre).

Maria is delighted to make her musical theatre debut as Rapunzel in Into The Woods.

Nathanael Campbell Wolf / Prince
Theatre credits include: Just So (Watermill Theatre), Come From Away (Phoenix Theatre, West End and Abbey Theatre, Dublin) – Stage Debut Award Nominee for Best West End Debut. Guys & Dolls (Talawa, Royal Exchange), Sunny Afternoon (UK Tour, Sonia Friedman Productions), Somewhere In England (Eastern Angles Theatre Company), All That Lives (Ovalhouse Theatre), When Blair Had Bush & Bunga (Bob & Co, Lee Menzies), We Raise Our Hands In Sanctuary (Inky Cloak, Albany Theatre), Romeo & Juliet (Custom/ Practice, National Tour).

Television Credits: West Side Story (Reef TV/ BBC)

Gillian Bevan Jack’s Mother
Trained: Central School of Speech & Drama
RSC: Cymbeline in Cymbeline (First woman to play the part for the RSC and at The Barbican),Celia in As You Like It. Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (and cast recording), Maydays at RSC The Other Place
Theatre: For The Royal Exchange – Polonia in Hamlet (M.T.A. Best Supporting Actress Theatre awards). Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd, and The Witch in Into the Woods. Mrs Wilkinson in Billy Elliot in the West End, (Laurence Olivier Audience Award for 2013.) Shakespeare’s Globe The Last Days Of Troy. Mama Mizner in the European premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s Road Show at the Menier Chocolate Factory, and was asked to appear in the 80th birthday tribute concert of Company for Stephen Sondheim for the Donmar. My Fair Lady for the Teatro San Carlo opera house in Naples and Teatro Massimo Opera House in Palermo. Other theatre includes Sheila in Alan Ayckbourn’s Relatively Speaking at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury, and Alice in Billy Liar at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Gillian also was in the award-winning Grand Hotel at the Donmar Warehouse, playing Raffaella, and a tour of Japan with Adam Cooper in On Your Toes. She started work at Perth Rep, then worked in many rep companies including the Bristol Old Vic (A Doll’s House). Spent three years with Alan Ayckbourn’s Theatre – in – the – Round, appearing in Season’s Greetings, Me, Myself and I, Making Tracks; Saturday, Sunday, Monday; Twelfth Night; and culminating in a US tour of Way Upstream and Absent Friends.

Other work in London includes: Young Phyllis in Follies (West End and cast album); Working at Southwark Playhouse (and Cast album) Lace in Making Tracks (Greenwich); Gertie in Noël and Gertie (King’s Head); Roxy in In the Midnight Hour at the Young Vic, and Luciana at the Open Air Theatre in The Boys From Syracuse (directed by Judi Dench).
Television: Ida Sweet in Sister Boniface and Queenie in Shakespeare and Hathaway. Four series playing Claire Hunter (the head teacher) in the award-winning Teachers for Channel 4, and the cult Screen One drama Ghostwatch (BBC), Most known for playing Gina Hope for a year in Holby City. Recently played Theresa May in The Windsors for Channel 4 .
Other TV includes: The Innocents, directed by Peter Kosminsky; Lewis, a series of The Chief (Det Supt Penfold), Cissie in Lost Empires (with Laurence Olivier and Colin Firth), A Touch of Frost, Foyle’s War, Peak Practice, Loved by You (two series), New Tricks and many other television performances.
Film work includes: London Road, directed by Rufus Norris, playing Polonia in the film of Hamlet at the Royal Exchange starring Maxine Peake, The Title role in the film of Cymbeline at the RSC, Sergeant Slaughter with Tom Hardy and Maigret directed by Ashley Pearce.

Henry Jenkinson Prince
Training: The Juilliard School.
Henry is thrilled to be making his UK theatre debut in Into the Woods.
New York theatre includes Native Son and Measure for Measure (Duke Theatre on 42nd Street), and Bad News! (Skirball). Screen credits include Nora Highland (starring Marin Ireland) and Radzyn. As a composer, Henry’s work was selected for the BEAM 2021 Showcase at the Hackney Empire, and he was recently made a finalist for the 2022 Kleban Prize. In 2020 he co-wrote the single Keep On from Softee’s debut album, which subsequently featured in the global Pride campaign for Coach starring Bob the Drag Queen. His first foray into film scoring, Swimming, recently screened at HollyShorts, Out On Film and Oslo Fusion.

 

Jamie Birkett Lucinda
Training; Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

Jamie has just finished a No 1 Tour of Mischief Theatre’s comedy “Groan Ups” playing Chemise/Miss Murray. Previously she was part of the UK and Ireland tour of Les Miserables, where she played the Madame (Cover Mme Thernadier and Factory Girl) and she was in the west end cast of ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ at the Duchess Theatre, where she covered and played Sandra.

Other performing Credits include: Featured Ensemble/ Cover Evleen in The Pirate Queen ENO/London Colliseum, Carabosse In ‘Sleeping Beauty’ (Qdos, Swansea Grand and Venue Cymru)
Lady Macbeth in ‘Macbeth’ (international Tour) Veronica in ‘The Garden’ (Tristan Bates Theatre) Doctor Finache in ‘A Flea In her ear’ (Tabard Theatre), Miranda in ‘The Ghost Train dont stop here anymore’ with acclaimed horror novelist Kim Newman and Director Sean Hogan (Tristan Bates). Charlotte Malcolm in ‘A Little Night Music’ (Offie Nomination Best Supporting Actress) Queen Mouseyrinks in the world premiere of ‘Nutcracker! The musical‘ (Pleasance Theatre London), Jubilee Climax in the West end production and subsequent 20th Anniversary Production of ‘Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens‘ (Leicester Square Theatre) Martha in ‘Cross Purpose‘ (Best Actress nom in the Off West End awards) Joanne in the London revival of ‘RENT‘ (Greenwich theatre) Serena Katz in ‘Fame’ (European Tour, Monte Carlo), Principle Female on ‘Musical Starnights’ (European Tour), Lead Female in ‘Sondheim Women’ (St James)
Wicked Witch in ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and Evil Stepmother in ‘Cinderella’ (Customs house South Shields) Princess Jasmine in ‘Aladdin’ (Sands Centre Carlisle), May-queen in ‘Merry England’ (Finborough) ‘Ragtime’, ‘The Hired Man’ (Landor) Aladdin in ‘Aladdin‘ (The Maltings Theatre) ‘The Boyfriend‘ (Her Majesty’s) ‘Once upon a time at the Adelphi‘(Union Theatre)

TV and Film Credits Include: Nina in ‘we always find ourselves at the sea’ Taylor in horror film ‘flow’ Charlotte in New Sitcom The Interval, Sondheims 80th, (Royal Albert Hall) A Royal Night Out (Lionsgate) Wire in the blood (ITV) Rocketman (ITV) and the Final 18 in I’d Do Anything (BBC)

Samuel Holmes Steward
Theatre Credits: Oxenby in The Dresser (UK Tour); Christopher Belling in Curtains (UK Tour and Wyndhams Theatre); Lord Farquaad in Shrek (UK Tour); George in The Wedding Singer (UK Tour); Bertie in Mrs Henderson Presents (Theatre Royal Bath and Noël Coward Theatre London); Mike Nulty in White Christmas (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Kangaroo, Elvis, Viking, Graham Chapman in Monty Python
Live (O2 Arena); Terrence in Waterbabies (Leicester Curve); Sir Bedevere/Prince Herbert in Spamalot (Playhouse Theatre and UK Tour); Gremio in Kiss Me, Kate (Old Vic and Chichester Festival Theatre); Eugene Fodor and Understudy Bela Zangler in Crazy For You (Regents Park Open Air Theatre and Novello Theatre London); Panto Seasons for First Family Entertainment and Cheltenham Everyman Theatre.
Radio credits: ‘John Cleese Presents…..’ BBC Radio Four.
Recordings Include: Spamalot UK Tour, Monty Python Live at the O2.

Alexandra Waite-Roberts Cinderella’s Stepmother
Training: The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, and The Doris Holford Stage School.
Theatre includes: Cover Stepmother and Godmother/Ensemble in Andrew Lloyd Webbers Cinderella (Gillian Lynne Theatre); Tessie/Ensemble/Cover Betty Haynes & Martha Watson in White Christmas the Musical (Dominion Theatre & Curve Theatre, Leicester); Hot Box Girl ‘Mabel’/Cover Miss Adelaide in Guys & Dolls, (Royal Albert Hall & Theatre Marigny, Paris); Pop Trio featured vocalist & Ensemble in the London revival of Chess, (London Coliseum); Cover Dale Tremont /Ensemble in the original production of Top Hat, (Aldwych Theatre & No.1 UK Tour); Cover Fanny Brice/Bubbles in Funny Girl (No.1 UK & Ireland tour); Swing/Cover Mrs.Brill, Mrs.Corry, Miss Lark & Katie Nanna in Mary Poppins (UK & International tour); Dance Captain in the English National Opera’s production of Le Grand Macabre (London Coliseum); Michael McIntyre’s Easter Special (London Coliseum); The Olivier Awards (Royal Opera House); Swing/Cover Aunt Mabel in Anything Goes (No.1 UK & Ireland tour); Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz (RSC version, Sutton Theatres); Lead Vocalist in Back to Broadway & The Great American Songbook (both UK tours); Various roles, Dance Captain, Ensemble & cover positions in Pantomimes around the UK. Alexandra has also appeared in her own solo concert at the Club for Acts & Actors in Leicester Square.

TV/Film includes: ‘Bubbles’ in Funny Girl the Musical (Cinema release worldwide); The Olivier Awards (ITV); Strictly Come Dancing (BBC); The Sound of Musicals (Channel 4); Michael McIntyre’s Easter Special (ITV); The Alan Titchmarsh Show (BBC); Blue Peter (BBC). All of the above TV appearances are in association with musical productions listed in Theatre credits.

Recordings: Cinderella (Original London cast recording), Top Hat (Original London cast recording), Jason & the Argonaughts (Concept musical album).

Choreography: They’re Playing our Song (Broadway Studio Theatre, Catford), West End Stage (Her Majesty’s Theatre, London); and various in-house productions for the Doris Holford Stage School.

Understudies:
LRRH/Cinderella Aliza Vakil
Jack’s Mum/Stepmother Lucyelle Cliffe
Rapunzel/both Stepsisters Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong
Baker’s Wife Isabel Canning
Jack/Rapunzel’s Prince/Cinderella’s Prince Taite-Elliot Drew
Wolf/Rapunzel ‘s Prince 2 Johan Munir

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