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

Into The Woods Relaxed Performance

  • Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by James Lapine. Original orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
  • 12 January 2016
  • The Theatre

Relaxed performances are designed to welcome anyone who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment. Traditionally this has included people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability.

Our first Relaxed Performance was for THE GHOST TRAIN on Tuesday 9 June at 2.30pm and was a resounding success. We hope our next Relaxed Performance will capitalize on this so more people will attend and benefit from this style of performance. 

Everyone is very welcome to attend this performance, regardless of whether or not you 'require' the special conditions it will offer. It promises to be an inclusive, enjoyable experience for all. The recommended age for INTO THE WOODS is 10+.

We will be making small changes to the staging for this performance and there will be a relaxed attitude to noise and movement. The doors to the theatre will be open, allowing people to come and go from the auditorium at any time and we'll have breakout areas in the Great Hall.

Additional resources including visual guides to the theatre and the productions will be available, and each relaxed performance will be followed by the opportunity to stay on for an informal after show discussion.

"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.

"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 DATE & TIME: Tuesday 12 January, 2.30pm

    TICKET PRICES: All standard tickets £15 and concessions £10

    BOOK TICKETS: Box Office: 0161 833 9833 / online

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

    AGE SUITABILITY: 10+

    SUPPORTING MATERIAL: Click here (or the image) to download our Visual Guide

    The Relaxed Performance for INTO THE WOODS has been generously supported by Ordinary People, Interesting Lives, The Ryecroft Children's Fund and The Raffle Family.

  • Creative Team
  • MUSIC & LYRICS BY Stephen Sondheim

    BOOK BY James Lapine

    DIRECTOR Matthew Xia

    DESIGNER Jenny Tiramani

    LIGHTING DESIGNER Ciarán Cunningham

    MUSICAL DIRECTOR Sean Green

    MUSICAL SUPERVISOR Julian Kelly

    CHOREOGRAPHER Jason Pennycooke

  • 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

    AFTER SHOW DISCUSSION:
    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

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

    UNLOCK...:
     
    Thursday 7 January, 5pm - 7pm. A practical workshop to find out more about the play in production. Tickets £6/£4
     Book onlineMore information

    EXPLORE WORKSHOPS FOR SCHOOLS 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

    RESOURCES: Into The Woods (Relaxed Performance) resource

    RPVisualGuide

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

    BSL-INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE: Tuesday 12 January, 7.30pm

    CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE: Tuesday 5 January, 7.30pm

    Click here for more information about our accessible performances

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