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22nd February 2020

Into the Woods - review

The Letchworth Arcadians have been pleasing audiences for 65 years and their recent production of Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Into The Woods’, at St. Christopher’s school theatre, was another great example of their long standing success.

Sondheim is not everyone’s ‘cup of tea’ with its often discordant music. However, the skill and experience of the cast members ensured that it was executed perfectly. The richness and quality of the singing, as always, was second to none.

There was a great mix of music, storytelling, spectacle and comedic timing. With excellent direction from David Walker, the cast developed their characters in a way to delight and entertain the audience. Cinderella’s wicked stepmother and sisters were hilariously played by Elizabeth Shaw, Rachel Bloomfield and Paula Shairpe. Gina Abbot, playing the witch, stunned us with her incredible singing as did the youngest member of the cast, 15 year old Freddie Goldscheider, playing Jack.

The staging of the show was clever and effective with much of the set made by society members. In particular the giant storybook houses were ingenious. The costumes were high quality, bright and visually spectacular.

Huge congratulations must go to every member of the cast and crew on what was a very professional, albeit amateur, production. If you missed it, you missed a treat!


Rachel Chalkley