A current affair

The cast of Into The Woods.

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON Musical Theatre Company (SMTC) have hooked up with Amnesty International for their latest production — a thought-provoking and refreshingly new interpretation of Sondheim’s popular musical Into the Woods.

It runs at the Stratford ArtsHouse from 24th to 27th May.

Peppered with barbed wit and a good number of laugh-out-loud moments, Into the Woods is a darker, grown-up fairytale that reminds us that the best stories are not about happy endings but about the journey. It is not suitable for under 12s.

The classic tales of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk fracture and intertwine as a baker and his wife set off to lift a witch’s curse.

The musical returns to the darker, Grimm origins of these stories and imagines what might happen to these characters once they have all had their temporary ‘happily ever after’.

The fairytales get steadily darker, and more human.

The story is told through a group of refugees in a temporary camp for what promises to be a unique, immersive experience exploring themes made all the more relevant by current events.

Tickets start at £11 from www.stratfordartshouse.co.uk or on 01789 207100.

See next week’s Stratford-upon-Avon Herald for our review of Into the Woods.