Watch This presents
INTO THE WOODS
No one is alone.
Acclaimed Sondheim repertory company, Watch This presents Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s epic
fairytale about wishes, family and the choices we make, Into The Woods.
In a small village fringed by a vast forest, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Rapunzel and Jack (and his
beanstalk) wrestle with unknown curses, untold desires and unnamed danger. There’s no avoiding the dark
and dissonant woods, into which they all must venture into to pursue their dreams and confront their
As they bumble forth in blind pursuit of their own ends, their tales entangle and entwine until the
consequences of their actions return to haunt them with disastrous results.
Inspired by Grimm Brother’s fairy tales, Into The Woods was nominated for 10 Tony Awards (including Best Original Score and Best Book) and 6 Olivier Awards in its debut seasons in New York and London, Into the Woods is Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s most famous and frequently revived work.
Collaborators, Artistic Director Melanie Hillman and Sonya Suares will co-direct and bring their unique
directorial vision to the legendary musical. Their previous production together includes Sunday In The Park With George, which earned them a nomination for a Green Room Award for Best Direction for Music
With a stunning set designed by Sarah Tulloch, Into The Woods will feature an outstanding ensemble cast
led by James Millar (Baker); Fiona Choi (Baker’s Wife); John O’May (Cinderella’s Father / Mysterious
Man); Jackie Rees (Cinderella’s Stepmother / Granny / Giant); Nick Simpson-Deeks (Wolf / Cinderella’s
Prince; Anthony Craig (Jack / Steward); Ava Madon (Cinderella); Lily Baulderstone (Little Red
Ridinghood); Caitlin Spears (Rapunzel / Florinda); Raphael Wong (Rapunzel’s Prince / Lucinda)
and Jacqueline Hoy (Jack’s Mother / Cinderella’s Mother).
Watch This, Australia’s first company dedicated to performing works by legendary composer Stephen
Sondheim burst onto the music theatre scene in 2013 with their debut production of Assassins, followed by sell-out seasons of Pacific Overtures, Company, Merrily We Roll Along, A Little Night Music and Sunday In The Park With George. The company has amassed an impressive 21 Green Room nominations and two
wins (for Best Supporting Actor for Adrian Li Donni, Pacific Overtures and Best Supporting Actress for Johanna Allen, A Little Night Music).
★★★★★ AstoundingTime Out Melbourne on Company
“Directors Dean Drieberg and Sonya Suares fashioned something marvellous with this year’s offering of Sondheim.”Australian Arts Review on Sunday In The Park With George
“How fortunate we are, truly, to have a company with the magnitude of commitment to produce work of this standard. […] With this incredible production, Watch This have more than made good on their own promise of ‘realising outstanding work on the barest of resources.”Australian Stage
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
Meat Market, North Melbourne
Director: Melanie Hillman & Sonya Suares
Musical Director: Trevor Jones & Ned Wright-Smith
Set Designer: Sarah Tulloch
Costume Designer: Jodi Hope
Lighting Designer: Rob Sowinski
Venue: Meat Market, 3 Blackwood St, North Melbourne
Dates: Saturday 15 – Sunday 23 January
Preview: Saturday 15 January at 1.30pm
Opening Night: Saturday 15 January at 7.30pm
Times: Nightly 7.30pm, Matinee 1.30pm on Saturday, Sunday & Wednesday
Tickets now on sale at: http://intothewoods2022.eventbrite.com/