“Careful the tale you tell, that is the spell.”

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?

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine

“…the woods are anything but ‘just trees’ ”


Welcome to Sound Ideas Theatre Company and our second major production for 2016, Into The Woods.

“The woods are just trees” Little Red Riding Hood sings trippingly as she sets out on her journey to Grandmother’s house in the opening number of Into The Woods.

Subsequent events serve to demonstrate the irony of the line: in this show, the woods are anything but ‘just trees’.

Rather they are a place as full of metaphorical possibility as the magical wood outside Athens in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; a place where you may find yourself thinking that you’re in the wrong story but where “everything you learn there, will help when you return there”.

“Ah the woods” Stephen Sondheim wrote, with tongue in cheek perhaps, “The all-purpose symbol of the unconscious, the womb, the past, the dark place where we face our trials and emerge wiser or destroyed.”


Into The Woods is a piece I have known for a long time and admired for its wit and intelligence and sophistication and for the way it lampoons and deconstructs a set of simplistic cliches.

As I’ve grown both in age and artistically, I have come to understand that it’s a quite profound piece about how people are with each other in the world, individually and collectively. The relationship between parents and children is the DNA of Into The Woods, which brings together stories that for hundreds of years have typically been used to help children negotiate the transition from childhood to adulthood.

Daniel Smith

Norwich Playhouse

December 13th-17th 2016
7:30pm nightly, with an additional 2:30pm matinee on 17th