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This Christmas we're delighted to present the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical...


  • Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by James Lapine. Original orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
  • 5 December 2015 - 16 January 2016
  • The Theatre

"Into the woods, It's time to go. I hate to leave, I have to, though..."

On the outskirts of the city lies a fantastical forest where curses are reversed and wishes can come true. In the shadows of the trees something magical, fanciful and strange is happening, but wishes are dangerous beasts to manage.

Our story begins in a clearing not far from you... a Baker and his wife dream of a child, a flash of red captivates a tall, furry stranger and a girl with golden slippers is on the run. Each has a journey to make, a different path to take but are they certain it's the right direction?

In this fairy-tale adventure it's too late to turn back... so why not explore what brings you Into The Woods this Christmas!

An enchanting musical masterpiece, filled to the brim with a feast of fabled characters. Associate Artistic Director Matthew Xia makes his Royal Exchange Theatre debut with a contemporary vision of Sondheim's multiple Tony Award-winning show.

"This truly sublime musical explores the relationship between parents and children; desire; greed and how a community reacts to catastrophe. I'm interested in our contemporary connection to this enchanted woodland. I've assembled a world-class team and we're inviting you into a magical forest, right here – in the middle of Manchester." Matthew Xia

Originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine. Presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited on behalf of Music Theatre International of New York.

  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Theatre

    PERFORMANCE DATES: Saturday 5 December 2015 - Saturday 16 January 2016

    Monday – Saturday evenings, 7.30pm
    Thursday & Saturday matinees, 2.30pm

    Extra Performances:
    Sunday 20 December, 2.30pm
    Sunday 27 December, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
    Sunday 3 January, 2.30pm
    Sunday 10 January, 2.30pm 

    Relaxed Performance: Tuesday 12 January, 2.30pm. More Information

    Standard Tickets from £16
    Half Price Previews from £8
    Banquette tickets: £10

    BOOK TICKETS: Box Office: 0161 833 9833 / online


     Approx. 3 hours, which includes 1 interval of 20 minutes

  • Creative Team
  • MUSIC & LYRICS BY Stephen Sondheim

    BOOK BY James Lapine

    DIRECTOR Matthew Xia

    DESIGNER Jenny Tiramani

    LIGHTING DESIGNER Ciarán Cunningham



    CHOREOGRAPHER Jason Pennycooke

    ILLUSIONS Chris Fisher


  • Related Events
  • BACKSTAGE TOURS: Tuesday 15 & Wednesday 16 December, Wednesday 6 & Friday 8 January, 11am. Public tours cost £5 per person and can be booked via the Box Office on 0161 833 9833. More information.

    Thursday 7 January after 7.30pm performance. More information.

    INTRODUCING WORKSHOP: Pre-show, talk-based introductions to each play and production, for up to 100 people. Thursday 17 December 10.30am - 12pm. Tickets £6 per session / £4 concession. Book via 0161 833 9833 (individuals) or 0161 615 6702 (schools and groups) or online. More information

    BETWEEN THE LINES: Play reading and discussion group. Wednesday 13 January 11am - 1pm. Tickets £6 per session / £4 concessions. Book via Box Office on 0161 833 9833 or online. More information

    RELAXED PERFORMANCE: Tuesday 12 January, 2.30pm. Relaxed performances are specifically designed to welcome everyone who will benefit from a more relaxed environment in which to watch a show. This includes people with autism spectrum disorder, sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability. More Information & Book Tickets. Click here (or on the image) to view our Visual Guide.

    THEATRE CAFE: Thursday 7 January, 11am - 12.30pm. A monthly conversation group for everyone over 18. Tickets £3. Book online. More information

     Thursday 7 January, 5pm - 7pm. A practical workshop to find out more about the play in production. Tickets £6?£4 Book online. More information

     Stimulating workshops tailored specifically to help your students explore this production. Explore workshops can take place at your school as well as at the theatre. Contact natalie.diddams@royalexchange.co.uk for more info


  • Accessible Performances
  • AUDIO-DESCRIBED: Saturday 9 January, 2.30pm

    BSL-INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE: Tuesday 12 January, 7.30pm Interpreter: Karl Llorca

    CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE: Tuesday 5 January, 7.30pm

    RELAXED PERFORMANCE: Tuesday 12 January, 2.30pm. More Information

    Click here for more information about our accessible performances

  • Lucinda

    Michaela Bennison


    Gillian Bevan

    Narrator/ Mysterious Man

    Cameron Blakely

    Jack's Mother

    Claire Brown

    Cinderella's Mother

    Amelia Cavallo

    Little Red Ridinghood

    Natasha Cottriall

    Rapunzel's Prince

    Marc Elliott


    Alex Gaumond

    Milky White

    Rachel Goodwin


    Maimuna Memon


    David Moorst


    Michael O'Connor

    Cinderella's Stepmother/ Grandmother

    Gemma Page

    With the voice of

    Maxine Peake

    Wolf/ Cinderella's Prince

    Michael Peavoy


    Isabelle Peters

    Baker's Wife

    Amy Ellen Richardson


    Francesca Zoutewelle

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