Terry Gilliam, A founding member of Monty Python, who was effectively culturally ostracized after Old Vic Theater staff objected to his views on trans affairs and the #MeToo movement, Stephen Sondheim came forward to stage his production of the musical. About to be in talks with a new theater. Forest.
Gilliam’s version of the 1987 show, which re-imagined a set of fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm, was to open at the Old Vic the following April.
Gilliam, pictured in October of this year, is in talks with a new theater about staging his production of the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods
It sold a lot of tickets but last month the theater and production company Scenario Two, which assembled the show, ‘mutually agreed’ not to continue it at the Waterloo venue.
The staff at the Theater Point Blanc refused to work with Gilliam, a renowned director and illustrator, even turning down his offer to design a poster.
I can tell that 80-year-old Gilliam and his supporters have now found a safe haven the size of the Theater Royal, Bath.
Gilliam, co-director and choreographer Leah Hausman, and Scenario Two executives plan to visit the Roman spa town next week to measure the stage as a prelude to official talks.
Into the Woods is offered a four-week run next summer, ahead of a lengthy period to set up technically complex sets (Gilliam’s approach to the show sets it in a children’s home). .
Gilliam’s version of the 1987 show, which re-imagined a group of the Brothers Grimm’s fairy tales, was to open the following April at the Old Vic in London, featured
After the out-of-town run, it is hoped that Into the Woods, which Sondheim produced with James Lapin, will move to London’s West End.
The producers are also said to have received offers of interest from the owner of the Haymarket Theater in London and the Broadway Theatre.
The theater industry – all parts of the social scene, in fact – suffers from intolerance at the moment.
Some say it is incorrect that theater staff – not the artistic leadership – are allowed to decide who is involved and what works are staged.
And it is becoming a dangerous trend. One theater chief told me, ‘If we turn on everyone we disagree with, soon there will be no one to work with.
Monty Python’s Life of Brian: Left to Right, Michael Palin, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones
‘It is becoming dangerous to open your mouth in this business. People get annoyed if you say “hello”.
Gilliam has made a living by being controversial. But people close to him say those who oppose his views should probably read his earlier remarks in full and context.
He is no stranger to censorship.
Funding for Monty Python’s controversial Life of Brian (1979) was pulled by EMI a few days before production.
The film, slammed by some as ‘the most blasphemous film ever made’, was saved with money from Beatle George Harrison.