New to Scarborough: Into the Woods

Meryl Streep plays the witch in Into the Woods
Meryl Streep plays the witch in Into the Woods
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Traditionally in fairytales, the heroine wins her prince, evil stepmothers get their comeuppance and abducted children escape the witch.

Into The Woods keeps turning the pages on these archetypal characters, imagining what might happen as they come to terms with their actions and suffer the repercussions.

Light comedy and heartrending tragedy skip hand in hand in James Lapine’s screenplay and Stephen Sondheim’s music and lyrics.

The Baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) yearn for a child but cannot conceive.

The Witch (Meryl Streep) next door promises the couple a family if they bring her four objects before the blue moon: a cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, hair as yellow as corn, and a slipper as pure as gold.

The Baker and his wife head into the woods with six magic beans and encounter 12-year-old Jack (Daniel Huttlestone), who is off to market to sell his cow Milky White, Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), who is fleeing from a ball thrown by a charming Prince (Chris Pine), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), who intends to visit her Granny (Annette Crosbie) but would make a tasty snack for the lascivious Wolf (Johnny Depp), and Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy), who is consigned to a tower which can only be accessed by lowering her flaxen hair to a smitten lover (Billy Magnusson).

As the fated hour approaches, the childless couple resorts to desperate measures to collect the objects for the Witch.

Everything has a price, especially your heart’s desire, so be careful what you wish for.

It is on at the Hollywood Plaza from Friday January 16 to Thursday January 22