Fairy tale provides a lesson in community

Into the Woods at The Playhouse, Whitley Bay
Into the Woods at The Playhouse, Whitley Bay
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A fractured fairy tale that encompasses childhood classics will be on stage at the Playhouse, Whitley Bay next week.

Tynemouth Amateur Operatic Society brings Into the Woods to the coastal town’s stage from Tuesday until Saturday.

The James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim story delivers an array of characters. An ambivalent Cinderella, a blood-thirsty Little Red Riding hood, a Prince Charming with a roving eye, and a witch who raps will grace Whitley Bay for a run of performances.

When a baker and his wife learn they’ve been cursed with childlessness by the witch next door, they embark on a quest for the special objects required to break the spell, swindling, lying to and stealing from Cinderella, Little Red, Rapunzel and Jack (the one who climbed the beanstalk).

Everyone’s wish is granted at the end of Act One, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later, with disastrous results.

What begins as a lively, irreverent fantasy in the style of The Princess Bride becomes a moving lesson about community responsibility and the stories we tell our children.

Performances take place at 7.15pm each day, as well as a 2.15pm matinee on Saturday.

Tickets cost £15, £13 concessions, available at playhousewhitleybay.co.uk or on 0844 248 1588.