CODA returns to South Norwood with a song and dance

Worried, much? James Stearn as Jack, Sarah H Gordon as the Witch and Paul Grace as the Baker in Into The Woods. Photo by Michael Hall

CODA’s going Into The Woods in South Norwood later this month.

The Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association is in the late stages of rehearsals for a new production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into The Woods, which is being performed at the Stanley Halls from October 25 to 28.

Into The Woods is one of Sondheim’s best known works, and has been a firm audience favourite for 30 years, as well as being made into a film in 2014.

In a modern twist on beloved fairy tales, a childless baker and his wife find themselves cursed by a witch, and they must embark on a series of tasks to break the spell, meeting Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack (and his beanstalk) and Little Red Riding Hood (and her wolf) along the way. But when their very existence is threatened by a menacing giant, all the inhabitants of the woods must band together…

The show includes such memorable songs as “Children Will Listen”, “Agony”, “Hello Little Girl” and the title number. This lively production is the ideal treat for autumn with a cast of 19 and orchestra.

The production is directed by Katie Leitch, assisted by Keir Gilbert-Halladey, and is musically directed Joshua Hickin.

It stars Paul Grace as the Baker, Sophia Wilson as the Baker’s Wife, Sarah H Gordon as the Witch, James Stearn as Jack and Abbie McCrone as Red Riding Hood.

CODA’s last production at the venue was Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd in 2008.

CODA was founded in 1943, and is Croydon’s leading community theatre company, performing both musicals and plays to a highly professional standard. CODA’s summer productions, most recently the acclaimed Pirates Of Penzance, have become a fixture in Croydon’s cultural offering, performed at the bandstand in Wandle Park.

Into The Woods runs from Wednesday October 25 to Saturday October 28 with evening performances at 7.30pm and a matinee on Saturday at 2:30pm.

Tickets are £18 for adults and £16 for concessions, and may be booked online at

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