REVIEW ROUND-UP: Into the Woods at the Menier Chocolate Factory

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After success in New York, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s musical is brought to vivid life in London by ground-breaking American theatre company Fiasco. It runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory until 17 September 2016. But does it impress London critics? 

The Guardian: ★★★ Michael Billington found that: “it is impossible not to respond to a company who perform with such collective enthusiasm.”

Financial Times: ★★★★ Sarah Hemming wrote: “New York’s Fiasco Theater brings a rough-and-ready, improvised air to its production which suits the narrative.”

The Independent: ★★★★ Paul Taylor commented: “It’s a compliment to say that this production feels like the polar opposite of Rob Marshall’s glossy, lushly orchestrated Disney film adaptation of the show.”

Broadway World: “If not the most vocally remarkable or musically rich version of this much-performed show – the use of everything from bassoon and banjo to a bucket is impressive, but inevitably the score is less textured – it is one that demands and rewards audience engagement.”

The Telegraph: ★★★★ Dominic Cavendish said: ” Misgivings melted away under the double-glare of both the company’s talent and tenacity and this 30-year-old musical’s innate capacity to enchant.”

West End Frame: ★★★★ “seeing a stripped down production of Into The Woodshighlights the show’s exploration of parenthood, transformation and desire more than ever. The emotion creeps up and catches you at the end.”

London Theatre 1: ★★★★ Terry Eastham found: “It is fun and exciting and gives adults a chance to enjoy themselves in a child-like way that would not be acceptable anywhere else.”

The Times: ★★★★ Ann Treneman described it as: “An enchanting off-Broadway production of Sondheim and Lapine’s fairytale musical, stripped back to its origins with a warm and folksy feel.”

Theatre Cat: ★★★★★ “In our woods of war and change and quarrel, wolf-harried, mistrusting our magic beans and trembling at distant giants, it was both a magical escape and a lesson.”

Live Theatre: ★★★★ “While Fiasco Theater’s Into The Woods offers an idiosyncratic and enjoyable take, one can’t help but wonder whether investing in a new production might have been a wiser, smarter move; almost certainly, it would have been a more musical production.”

Musical Theatre Review: ★★★★★ “This is theatrical storytelling at its very best, whether you’re new to the show or not. Don’t miss it.”

Theatre Guide London: “Anyway, the show is there. It’s flawed. The production is fresh, bright and immensely entertaining, and almost papers over the flaws.”

Evening Standard: ★★★★ Henry Hitchings commented: “Though occasionally too cute for its own good, Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld’s production is full of humour and proves eloquent about the need to outgrow self-obsession.”

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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.
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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.

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