Into the Hoods at the Royal Festival Hall from 30 July

The hip-hop street dance/theatre version of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods, titled Into the Hoods, is returning to the Southbank Centre for a two week run from 30 July to 15 Aug 2010. The show played at the Queen Elizabeth Hall over Christmas, and will now return in a re-designed show to take to the larger stage of the Royal Festival Hall.

It is directed and choreographed by Kate Prince.

The show puts an urban spin on the story and sets it to a soundtrack of music by artists including Massive Attack to Kanye West

ZooNation updates the action to an urban setting, telling the story of two children lost in the ‘hood’. An evil landlord befriends the children and they are offered a room in his tenement block on the condition that they work for him. Reluctantly, the children embark on their mission which leads them to the flats of Spinderella, where they discover gold adidas trainers; Lil Red, the owner of the bright red hoodie; Rapper, the producer of the finest quality long weave (hair extensions) in the city, and Jaxx (who lives in the basement…), the owner of a white Ipod. But is stealing really the way to get out of the hood?

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