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9 to 27 February 2022

Into The Woods


‘Careful the things you say: children will listen!’

In a whirlwind quest to make their dreams come true, our cast of storybook heroes, heroines and villains learn to be very careful about what they wish for. Once upon a time, they all go into the woods on very different quests, all hoping to live happily ever after – just like in the fairy tales. But in these woods, nothing is straightforward… and what you think you want isn’t always what you end up getting.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and the book by James Lapine, ‘Into The Woods’ premiered on Broadway in 1987 and has received 10 Tony Awards and 6 Olivier Awards.  The 2014 film of the same name is an adaptation for screen from the original book by James Lapine and featuring the music of Stephen Sondheim.

Northern Ireland Opera are delighted to be bringing one of Stephen Sondheim’s most loved musicals to Belfast. ‘Into the Woods’ promises to be a real highlight for audiences in 2022: a wonderfully intriguing show that brings together and intertwines some of the beloved Brothers 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”.

This locally built and created musical will be presented at the Lyric Theatre, featuring some of Northern Ireland’s greatest musical and creative talent. We are thrilled to be able to introduce Belfast to some wonderful new local talent while at the same time to be able to showcase some of the West End’s finest performers, some originally from Northern Ireland and making their debut performances back home.

‘Into The Woods’ follows three highly successful productions each February by Northern Ireland Opera at the Lyric: ‘The Threepenny Opera’ in 2018, ‘Sweeney Todd’ in 2019 and ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ in 2020. We look forward to welcoming audiences old and new to this latest production, opening on 9th February 2022.



Press and Media Consultant – Fourth Wall PR

Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine  Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick. Presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe)

A final note from our Director, Cameron Menzies about the legendary composer and lyricist of ‘Into The Woods’, Stephen Sondheim, whose recent loss is an incalculable one to music and to theatre:

“We will endeavour to create a wonderful tribute to one of the greatest musical theatre composer/lyricists of all time. There is truly now a Giant in the Sky.’’

Stephen Sondheim

The Irish News

'A thrilling, moving, entertaining night of musical theatre.'


'Cameron Menzies’s production storms along with such irresistible zest and unflagging energy that it deserves packed houses throughout its run.'

The Times: Review


Narrator/Mysterious Man
Sean Kearns

Allison Harding

Jack's Mother
Wendy Ferguson

Conor Quinn

The Baker
Alastair Brookshaw

The Baker's Wife
Sinéad O'Kelly

Kelly Mathieson

Cinderella's Prince/The Wolf
Peter Hannah

Little Red Riding Hood
Samantha Giffard

Jolene O'Hara

Brigid Shine

Cinderella's Father
Paddy Jenkins

Cinderella's Stepmother/Granny
Catherine Digges

Rapunzel/Cinderella's Mother
Mary McCabe

Rapunzel's Prince
Rory McCollum

Sleeping Beauty (Understudy for Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood)
Ruby Campbell

Snow White (Understudy for The Baker's Wife and the Witch)
Maeve Byrne

Harry Lambert

Voice of the Giant
May McFettridge

Creative Team

Cameron Menzies

Music Director
Peter Mitchell

Movement Director
Jennifer Rooney

Set and Costume Design
Niall McKeever

Lighting Design
Kevin Treacy

Hair and Make-Up Design
Nuala Campbell

Jonathan Williams

Production Manager
Pádraig Ó Duinnín

Producer/Company Stage Manager
Kate Watkins

Stage Manager
Vicki Mackenzie

Assistant Stage Manager
Kerri McGimpsey

Sound Effects Designer
Russell Goldsmith

Production Sound Designer
Ian Vennard

LX Programmer
Eoin Lennon

Set Build
Triangle Productions

Monitor Engineer
Barry McCusker

Milky White made by
William Todd-Jones and Philippa O'Brien