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Preview: Into the Woods at Newcastle Tyne Theatre

Journey Into the Woods with Steampunk…
Tyne Theatre Productions’ Into the Woods gets a steampunk twist

Into the Woods
Newcastle Tyne Theatre & Opera House
Thursday 8th – Saturday 10th March 2018

Pantomime season may be over, but it’s not quite time to hang out those old fairy tales to dry for another year, as there is still a chance to dip into the stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Cinderella.

Tyne Theatre Productions are staging Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods at the Tyne Theatre & Opera House from Thursday 8th – Saturday 10th March. This remarkable show brings together these stories in an eclectic tale of a world where fairy tales may not always have a happy ending. This production has a deeper, darker side which is more akin to the original Grimm’s Fairy Tales than the colourful, theatrical spectacle we have become used to during the festive season.

In keeping with the original Gothic tales, this production is being presented in a stylised form, with Steampunk influences being used in the costume and set.

Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by Victorian industrial steam-powered machinery. Steampunk has evolved into more than just a sub-genre of science fiction, and now extends into fashion, engineering, music, art, and for some, a lifestyle. Of course, Tyne Theatre & Opera House itself is a product of the Victorian era, built in 1867!

Embracing this interesting subculture adds an additional layer to the multi-faceted story lines depicted in the show,  and creates the opportunity for the cast and crew to let their creative juices flow. From an enigmatic, androgynous wolf to a mechanical cow, the opportunities of creating something magical and different has set a range of new challenges for Tyne Theatre Productions.

Director Phil Dixon explains: “With many films and shows showing a Steampunk influence such as ‘Van Helsing’, ‘Hansel and Gretel’ and the ‘Underworld’ films, and with ‘Wicked’ being such a huge hit in the West End, I always knew that ‘Into the Woods’ would lend itself well to the Steampunk genre. Coming up with the ideas and getting the cast enthused about creating something vibrant and different is great fun, but not without it challenges. Having them be part of the creative process means that we can bounce ideas off each other, and develop some inspiring, original theatre.”

The show, originally staged in 1986, is one of Stephen Sondheim’s more accessible musicals, and has enjoyed a cult following for many years. It was recently turned into a successful movie with Meryl Streep, James Corden, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine and Anna Kendrick, although this version was extensively re-written and eliminated a lot of the twists and turns that make the show so entertaining and humorous.

Into the Woods will launch Tyne Theatre Productions’ third year of fundraising productions for the benefit of the Tyne Theatre & Opera House Preservation Trust. They have had over 200 new and old friends volunteer for their previous shows, which include Pirates of Penzance (2015), Sweeney Todd (2016), Oklahoma! (2016), Little Shop of Horrors (2017) and West Side Story (2017). All funds raised will go towards the restoration of the Victorian Grade 1 listed building.

Tickets for Into the Woods are priced £16 full price, £14 concessions and £10 limited view. Groups 10+ get 1 free. Tickets available now from our affiliate Eventim UK:   

The Tyne Theatre & Opera House Box Office is open 10am-3:30pm Monday to Friday and event days.  Booking and Information Line: 0844 2491 000 (10am – 6pm Monday to Friday)


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