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Alex Gaumond to star in Royal Exchange Theatre’s Into the Woods

Alex Gaumond will star in Into the Woods.
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Alex Gaumond, Michael Peavoy and Gillian Bevan lead the cast of the Royal Exchange Theatre’s production of Into the Woods, which will feature a voiceover by Maxine Peake.

The Stephen Sondheim musical, which has a book by James Lapine, runs at the venue from December 4 to January 16.

It is directed by associate artistic director Matthew Xia, with design by Jenny Tiramani, lighting by Ciaran Cunningham, and choreography by Jason Pennycooke.

Gaumond, who recently appeared in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park, London, will play the Baker, with Bevan as Witch and Peavoy as the Wolf and Cinderella’s Prince.

Other cast members include Michael O’Connor, Isabelle Peters, Gemma Page and Amy Ellen Richardson.

The musical marks the first time Gaumond has appeared at the Manchester-based theatre.

He told The Stage: “It will be my first time at the Royal Exchange Theatre and I couldn’t be more excited to work at such an iconic venue. I am particularly excited to see how this great musical will play in the round and can’t wait to work with director Matthew Xia, his team and our superb cast to develop a new production of this much-loved show.”

Xia described the musical as a “truly sublime” show that explores the “relationship between parents and children; desire; greed and how a community reacts to catastrophe”.

“I’m interested in our contemporary connection to this enchanted woodland,” he said.

The show’s musical director is Sean Green.