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Into the Woods

Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Book by James Lapine

Journey into the woods for a contemporary and wildly imaginative new telling of this timeless musical tale, filled with wicked hilarity and giant heart

Into the Woods features the remarkable Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning score; a veritable treasure trove of metaphor, wordplay, and breathtaking insights into the ecstasy and anguish of holding onto hope in times of darkness and uncertainty. Packed with whimsical characters and enchanting theatrical magic, James Lapine's Brothers Grimm-inspired story is a hilariously charming romp that blossoms into a captivating fable of personal growth and community, reminding us that "no one is alone."
To fulfill their deepest wish, a Baker and his Wife must first reverse a curse placed on them by a mysterious Witch living next door. The pair journey into the woods to locate four magical ingredients, and along the way meet Cinderella, Little Red, Jack, and Rapunzel, each pursuing a wish of their own. Through surprising twists and astounding encounters, these fairy-tale characters discover the true power of wishes, and what really happens after ‘happily ever after’. 

Experience a spellbinding new fairytale world where all who step foot into the woods will come face-to-face with their wildest desires and deepest fears. 

Presented by
WITCH Music Theatre

Director Nick Lerew

Music Directors Hayden Taylor & Maya Handa Naff

Choreographer Greta Casey-Solly (Te Atiawa)

Creative Producer Ben Emerson

Production Designer Joshua Tucker

This performance contains flashing lights, sudden loud noises, haze, and mature themes. Suitable for children ages 10 and above.

27 April –6 May
Te Auaha

Preview 26 April, 2023

Tuesdays - Saturdays: 7.30 pm
Saturday Matinee: 2 pm 
Sunday: 4 pm
Tickets from $35 - $50
Run time: 1 hour 50 minutes (including 20 minute interval)

Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine. Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick. Original Broadway Production by Heidi Landesman, Rocco Landesman, Rick Steiner, M. Anthony Fisher, Frederic H. Mayerson, Jujamcyn Theaters. Originally produced by The Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, Ca.

Into the Woods Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI

Listen to 2022 Broadway cast recording 

Te Auaha is a wheelchair-accessible venue with lifts and accessible seating options and bathrooms.

Into the Woods is proudly supported by

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“The entire cast is talent personified, and their vocal performances are fire [...] Bravo WITCH, Disney ain’t got nothing on you”

– Regional News

"Truly spectacular"

“an extremely entertaining show crafted with love and attention to detail.”

– The Post


Winner of 5 Tony Awards including Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical.


Winner of the Grammy Awards for Best Musical Theatre Album 2023.

"jaw-dropping perfected musical"

“The show has a masterful smoothness to its process and execution.”

– The Wellingtonista



Creative team


Nick Lerew 

Music Directors

Hayden Taylor & Maya Handa Naff


Greta Casey-Solly

Production Designer

Joshua Tucker

Creative Producer

Ben Emerson

Costume Designers

Nadia Newman & Emma Stevens

Sound Design

Patrick Barnes

Set Design

Scott Maxim

Production team


Stage Manager

Anna Barker

Assistant Stage Manager

Ace Dalziel


Sam Kesala & Mila Te Whare-Manson

Sound Operator

Kase Walker

Sound Assistant

Tash McMillan

Sound 2  

Bella Armstrong

Costume Assistant

Emily Brown

Front of House

Charlette Potts


Charlette Potts & Scott Maxim


Jen Pearce, Lynda Taylor, Emily Brown, Nadia Newman


Bentley Stevenson & Maeve O'Connell


The Witch 

Greer Perenara

The Baker

William Duignan

The Baker’s Wife

Áine Gallagher

Little Red Riding Hood

Aria Leader-Fiamatai


Tara Canton


Gayle Hammersley

Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf

Jackson Burling

Rapunzel’s Prince (u.s. Narrator/Mysterious Man)

Glenn Horsfall

Rapunzel (u.s.Cinderella)

Emily Yeap

Narrator/Mysterious Man

Kevin Orlando

Jack’s Mother/Granny

Paula Gardyne

Cinderella’s Stepmother/Mother

Joanne Lisik

Lucinda (u.s. Baker's Wife)

Aimée Sullivan

Florinda (u.s. Witch)

Mia Alonso-Green

Steward (u.s. Cinderella's Prince/Wolf)

Ed Blunden

Milky White/Giant

Felicity Cozens

Swing (Little Red Riding Hood, Lucinda, Florida)

Tessa Deacle

Swing (Jack, Rapunzel’s Prince)

Ollie Smyth



Hayden Taylor


Megan Bownlie


Patrick Hayes


Brendan Agnew


Hannah Neman


Shanita Sungsuwan


James Mills-Workman

Double Bass

Rachael Hinds


Keith Moss

With special thanks to

Orchestra Wellington and The Royal New Zealand Airforce Band

"Careful the tale you tell, that is the spell."

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