Into The Woods

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by James Lapine

Lyric Theatre, Belfast


February 2022

Director: Cameron Menzies

Choreographer: Jennifer Rooney

Set and Costume Designer: Niall McKeever  

Lighting Designer: Kevin Treacy

Producer/SM: Kate Watkins

Costume Supervisor: Jeanette Tumelty

Hair and Make-Up Design: Nuala Campbell

Milky White created by William Todd-Jones and Philippa O'Brien


In a whirlwind quest to make their dreams come true, our cast of storybook heroes, heroines and villains learn to be very careful about what they wish for. Once upon a time, they all go into the woods on very different quests, all hoping to live happily ever after – just like in the fairy tales. But in these woods, nothing is straightforward… and what you think you want isn’t always what you end up getting.


★★★★★ OPERA NOW

★★★★★ MUSICAL THEATRE REVIEW

Capturing that sense of movement is scenographer Niall McKeever’s fabulous set. Dominating the stage of the Lyric is the enormous fractal vortex that pulls you into the show – like you’re being compelled through a dark forest path or swallowed down the belly of a wolf. It also mirrors the turbulent thoughts circling the minds of these ever-troubled characters

Kudos too to McKeever for the costume design, which somehow manages to encompass everything from greasy denim and kitchen-sink realism to Highland dress and Arthur Rackham’s book of Irish Fairy Tales'

★★★★ THE STAGE

'The lights dim and the mist clears to reveal a towering wooden vortex, which will suck into its forbidding heart a jigsaw of human dreams, quests and ambitions'

★★★★ THE TIMES

'It’s staged in and around a stunning set by Niall McKeever: logs and ladders criss-crossing high above two staircases to form receding rings, as if leading deep into the subconscious. It suggests that the “woods” of the title aren’t only a place where dangerous urges come to the fore, but also a moral maze where (unlike in the original fairytales) the characters are confronted with the often disastrous consequences of what they wish for'

★★★★ IRISH NEWS

★★★★THE SUNDAY TIMES

CULTURECRUSH NI

'First thing to draw the eye is the dazzling set designed by Niall McKeever; an architectural-like spiral of a eye made of wood and a constant throughout the running time. Character change is one of the main themes to the plot but the woods remain the same. Put simply a location and character in itself'

LONDON UNATTACHED

'We love the staging from Enniskillen-born designer Niall McKeever,  who provided a spectacular set and creative costumes – with a special mention to the superb Milky White – the best transformation of a bicycle I’ve ever seen!'

ALAN IN BELFAST

'Niall McKeever’s set is magnificent. Filling the height, width and depth of the Lyric’s stage, the suspended wooden spiral could be mistaken for a science fiction portal into another dimension. Reminiscent of something a National Theatre budget could build'


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