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Into The Woods opens in Belfast

The Lyric Theatre in Belfast plays host to the Sondheim-Lapine fairytale mash-up, running until 27th February.

A note from the producers:

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 Bean Stalk 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.

A final note from the 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.’’


Sean Kearns - Narrator/Mysterious Man

Kelly Mathieson - Cinderella

Conor Quinn - Jack

Wendy Ferguson - Jack's Mother

Alastair Brookshaw - Baker

Sinéad O'Kelly - Baker's Wife

Catherine Digges - Cinderella's Stepmother/Granny

Jolene O'Hara - Florinda

Brigid Shine - Lucinda

Paddy Jenkins - Cinderella's Father

Samantha Giffard - Little Red Riding Hood

Allison Harding - Witch

Mary McCabe - Rapunzel/Cinderella's Mother

Peter Hannah - Cinderella's Prince/Wolf

Rory McCollum - Rapunzel's Prince

Harry Lambert - Steward

Maeve Byrne - Snow White

Ruby Campbell - Sleeping Beauty


Cameron Menzies - Director

Peter Mitchell - Musical Director

Jennifer Rooney - Movement Director

Niall McKeever - Set and Costume Designer

Kevin Treacy - Lighting Designer

Ian Vennard - Sound Designer

Kate Watkins - Producer/Company Stage Manager

Vicki Mackenzie - Stage Manager

Kerri McGimpsey - Assistant Stage Manager

Padraig Ó'Duinnín - Production Manager

Nuala Campbell - Hair and Make-Up Designer

Jonathan Williams - Repetiteur/Pianist


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