Francolini and Waldhorn Cast in Royal Opera House Into the Woods

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Anna Francolini and Gary Waldhorn have joined the cast of the forthcoming Royal Opera House production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods. Francolini will play the Baker's Wife with Waldhorn as the Narrator.

Directed by Will Tuckett (Tuckett's Wind in the Willows and Pinocchio are ROH Christmas favorites), Sondheim's musical will take to the ROH's smaller 400-seat Linbury Studio on June 14, officially opening on June 18. The run is scheduled to end June 30.

For this production - the second ROH Sondheim musical following Covent Garden's 2003 staging of Sweeney Todd - Francolini and Waldhorn join West End performers Anne Reid (Jack's Mother), Beverley Klein (the Witch) and Clive Rowe (the Baker).

Francolini (Merrily We Roll Along and Company) was most recently seen with Rowe in the Natonal Theatre's staging of the Tony Kushner-Jeanine Tesori musical Caroline, or Change. Waldhorn's stage credits include The Real Inspector Hound and Six Degrees of Separation. Television audiences will know him from the BBC sitcom "The Vicar of Dibley."

Reid's stage credits include Epitaph for George Dillon and The York Realist. Klein, an original cast member of Les Misérables, appeared in Opera North's production of Sweeney Todd and The Holy Terror in the West End.

Before Klein joins Into the Woods as the Witch, she stars as Golde in the first two weeks of the West End transfer of Fiddler on the Roof at the Savoy Theatre. She will return to that show following the five-week run of Into the Woods at the ROH. Into the Woods is populated by fairytale characters such as Cinderella, Jack (of the beanstalk) and Little Red Riding Hood. By the end of the show Prince Charming, in pursuit of Sleeping Beauty, has seduced the Baker's wife, and Rapunzel is squashed by a Giant.

Lapine's original Broadway production of Into the Woods opened at the Martin Beck Theatre in 1989. The following year the show made its London debut, directed by Richard Jones, at the Phoenix Theatre. A Broadway revival featured Vanessa Williams.

For more on Into the Woods, call (0)20 7304 4000.

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