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Into The Woods revival to play Belfast's Lyric theatre in February

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A revival of Into The Woods is to play at Belfast’s Lyric theatre in February 2022.

Northern Ireland Opera (NI Opera) will present Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s iconic musical from 3 to 27 February 2022.

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The new production will be directed by NI Opera’s Artistic Director Cameron Menzies who describes Into the Woods as the ultimate ‘quest’ musical.

Casting includes Kelly Mathieson as Cinderella, Samantha Giffard as Red Riding Hood and Peter Hannah as Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf.

They’re joined by Alastair Brookshaw and Sinéad O’Kelly as the Baker and the Baker’s Wife, Paddy Jenkins and Catherine Digges as Cinderella’s father and stepmother, Jolene O’Hara as Florinda, Brigid Shine as Lucinda, Wendy Ferguson and Conor Quinn as Jack’s Mother and Jack, Sean Kearns as the Narrator/Mysterious Man, Allison Harding as the Witch, Ruby Campbell as Sleeping Beauty, Harry Lambert as the Steward, Maeve Byrne as Snow White, Mary McCabe as Rapunzel / Cinderella’s Mother Mary and Rory McCollum as Rapunzel’s Prince.

The creative team features choreographer Jennifer Rooney, set/costume design by Niall McKeever and lighting design by Kevin Treacy. The production manager is Pádraig Ó Duinín and producer Kate Watkins.

Director Cameron Menzies said: “It’s a wonderfully intriguing story that brings together and intertwines some of the beloved Brother’s Grimm fairy tales such as Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel to ask what might have happened before ‘Once upon a time’ and after ‘Happily ever after’.

“We are thrilled to be introducing Belfast to some wonderful local talent, while also showcasing some of the West End’s finest performers, some originally from Northern Ireland making their long-awaited debut performances back home. We will endeavour to create a wonderful tribute to one of the greatest musical theatre composers/lyricists of all time. There is truly now a Giant in the Sky.”

Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music and Opera at the Arts Council Northern Ireland commented: “Despite the many challenges presented by the pandemic, Northern Ireland Opera has offered audiences world-class performances and opportunities for our talented singers to perform and gain employment.

“This company has delivered really exciting and impressive work and The Arts Council is hugely proud to support them. What a fantastic start for opera in NI for 2022!”

Into The Woods runs at The Lyric (Belfast) from 3 – 27 February with tickets on sale now here.

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