Going Into the Woods to raise money for a NE theatre

Peter Lathan

An amateur production of Sondheim’s Into the Woods will raise money for Newcastle’s oldest theatre, The Tyne Theatre and Opera House, next month.

Into the Woods will launch Tyne Theatre Productions’ third year of fundraising productions for the benefit of the Tyne Theatre & Opera House Preservation Trust. The previous fundraisers were Sweeney Todd (2016), Oklahoma! (2016), Little Shop of Horrors (2017) and West Side Story (2017). All funds raised will go towards the restoration of the Victorian Grade I listed building, which has probably the most complete surviving example of early stage machinery.

The show, which will run from 8 to 10 March, brings together the stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Cinderella, but with their darker side showing, more akin to the original Grimm’s Fairy Tales than to panto.

In keeping with the original Gothic tales, director Phil Dixon is presenting the piece in a stylised form, with Steampunk influences being used in the costume and set.

The theatre celebrated its 150th anniversary in September last year.

Tickets are priced at £16 (full price), £14 (concessions) and £10 (limited view). Groups 10+ get 1 free.