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Grand Opera House, York

Pick Me Up gave York audiences the chance to experience a wonderful stage production of Sondheim and Lapine's fabulous fractured fairy tale musical just weeks before the big new Disney movie version starring Meryl Streep hits the screens.


And reviewer Charles Hutchinson in the York Press said director and designer Robert Readman's love of Sondheim's "intricate, clever and constantly surprising musical drama is evident in every detail of his exquisite production".


The musical centres on a Baker and his Wife who embark into the woods on a quest to reverse a curse laid on them by the Witch next door. She instructs them to find a COW AS WHITE AS MILK, A CAPE AS RED AS BLOOD, THE HAIR AS YELLOW AS CORN AND THE SLIPPER AS PURE AS GOLD.


Along the way they encounter an ambivalent Cinderella, a greedy Red Riding Hood, a tower-bound Rapunzel with hair to die for, a too-trusting Jack, a couple of not-so-princely Princes, three Little Pigs, two ravenous Wolves and the one and only Mily White the Cow. But will they all live happily ever after?


Based on Grimm's fairytales, Into the Woods features some of Stephen Sondheim's most famous

songs including Agony, Giants In the Sky and Children Will Listen – performed by an onstage orchestra hidden within the woods led by Adam Laird, who the York Press said "marshals his band magnificently".


The cast  included The Baker (Richard MacDonald – recent credits include White Christmas & Avenue Q), The Baker’s Wife (Toni Feetenby, whose recent credits include Aspects Of Love & Singin’ In The Rain), Jack of Beanstalk fame (Sam Hird who played Maquerelle in the Globe Young Players production of The Malcontent at Shakespeare's Globe in London), Cinderella (Kirsten Moore), The Witch (Susannah Baines making a welcome return after hitting the high notes in Ghost) and Little Red Riding Hood (Katy Metheringham who starred as Annie earlier this year at the GOH). Doubling up as the not-so-princely Princes and the ravenous Wolves are Darren Lumby, who played Brian in Avenue Q, and Simon Radford.  Rapunzel was played by Alicia Stabler – Avenue Q & The Hot Mikado – and  Milky White the cow was Jack Armstrong, who played The Artful Dodger in Sheffield Crucible’s production of Oliver! last Christmas. 


The set was designed by director Robert Readman, West Yorkshire Playhouse lighting designer Chris Speight and Leeds technician Adam Moore. Readman says: "Into The Woods is one of my all-time favourite musicals and it is a pleasure to direct the show for a second time following on from my production for Stagecoach Youth Theatre in 2007 – it truly is a magical experience."



Music and lyrics by

Stephen Sondheim


Book by

James Lapine



Robert Readman


Musical Director

Adam Laird


Assistant Musical Director

Barbara Chan






Craig Kirby



Kirsten Moore



Sam Hird


Jack's Mother

Claire Pulpher


Milky White

Jack Armstrong



Rich McDonald


Baker's Wife 

Toni Feetenby


Cinderella's Stepmother

Juliet Waters



Holly Lamb



Katie Glover


Cinderella's Father

David Todd


Little Red Riding Hood

Katy Metheringham



Susannah Baines


Cinderella's Mother/Granny

Tina Grant


Mysterious Man

Mark Hird


Wolf/Cinderella's Prince

Simon Radford



Alicia Stabler


Rapunzel's Prince

Darren Lumby



Robert Sager


Three Little Pigs/Hansel & Gretel

Emily Belcher, Emma Moodie, Ruby Johnson


Snow White

Georgia Moore


Sleeping Beauty

India Rose


Snow Queen

Stephanie Bolsher





Keyboards 1

Barbara Chan


Keyboards 2

Adam Parrish



Lottie Brook, Rose Perry, Polly Hutchinson



Mollie Narayn



Jess Douglas



Elinor Bishop



Tom Sharp



Katherine Medway



Anna Marshall



Phillip Thwaite



Clark Howard




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