Fiasco Theater’s Into the Woods – cast changes at the Menier

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Laura Tebbutt joins the cast of Into the Woods at the Menier

Cast changes have taken place in Fiasco Theater’s innovative production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory.

Harry Hepple (Pippin) plays the Baker, Steffan Lloyd-Evans (The Dancing Years) is Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince and Laura Tebbutt (Forbidden Broadway) steps into the role of the Baker’s Wife. They take over from original cast members Ben Steinfeld, Noah Brody and Jessie Austrian.

The US theatre company’s production, featuring the original US cast, arrived in the UK last month fresh from critical success in New York where it received the 2015 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Revival.

Hepple, Lloyd-Evans and Tebbutt join the remaining original cast of Paul L. Coffey, Andy Grotelueschen, Liz Hayes, Claire Karpen, Patrick Mulryan, Vanessa Reseland and Emily Young.

Using ten actors and multiple musical instruments, the production which re-imagines Sondheim and Lapine’s magical creation is directed by Brody and Steinfeld.

The creative team also includes music supervisor Matt Castle, choreographer Lisa Shriver, set designer Derek McLane, costume designer Whitney Locher, lighting designer Christopher Akerlind, sound designer Darron L West, music supervisor Matt Castle and musical director Evan Rees.

The show will play the Menier Chocolate Factory until 17 September.

Fiasco Theater is an ensemble theatre company created by graduates of the Brown University/Trinity Rep M.F.A. acting programme. Their previous productions include Cymbeline (TFANA/Barrow Street), Measure For Measure (New Victory), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Folger/TFANA) and Twelfth Night. Cymbeline was presented Off-Broadway twice, for nearly 200 performances, and won the 2012 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Revival.

Into the Woods at the Menier is presented in association with Michael Harrison Entertainment and David Ian Productions.

Angela Thomas

Readers may also be interested in:

Noah Brody on bringing Fiasco Theater’s Into the Woods to London – Interview

Into the Woods – Menier Chocolate Factory – Review

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