Archive for December, 2015

A review of King’s Company’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Into the Woods’ in the Hayward Theatre on Saturday 12th December

December 13, 2015


I knew this production was going to be good – but this time, King’s Company excelled themselves. Stephen Sondheim’s musicals are known for complexity, examining the human psyche, exploring relationships and emotions and all of life and its many different levels.

‘Into the Wood’s was no exception and it had all those constituents but added a wonderful touch by manipulating many of the fairy tales we knew as children. Not only were the characters readily recognizable, they behaved with outlandish twists in Roald Dahl- style so that we were glued to our seats wondering what on earth would happen next and almost invariably we were delightfully and sometimes wickedly surprised. I mean, a Prince Charming who says ‘I’m only supposed to be charming, not sincere’ after he has been caught philandering? I never envisaged Little Red Riding Hood wielding a knife with relish, revelling in skinning the wolf, an evil misshapen witch who reverts to a beautiful but possessive mother, or a Narrator who is suddenly dispensed with mid-story, but they were all included.

Needless to say, the cast were magnificent.  Their acting, singing, and dancing were superb. This fantastic production had spectacular scenery, costumes, lighting and special effects which included a wonderful giant and an amazingly agile stage cow. The excellent sound helped clarify the slick, witty script that the cast delivered with unerring clarity and as a consequence this production had the sophistication of a professional show. This was no ordinary school event and was not even abridged as most school productions are.  We were treated to a show worthy of the West End.

Congratulations must go to all the participants and the Director/Producer Nick Huntingdon, the Musical Director Jonathan Kingston and the Movement Director Natasha Hobbs and their teams for such a wonderful evening.

Future King’s School Ely productions to enjoy in the Hayward Theatre include ‘Electrica’ on the 9th of March 2016 (contact (01353) 653931 ) and ‘Oliver’ on 18th and 19th of March 2016 (contact (01353) 660730 Co Dec 15 Into the Woods Y