Into The Hoods, the smash-hit of the last two Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, arrives in London’s West End for a limited season on March 14th. The company, ZooNation, uses its trademark narrative street dance / theatre style to put an energetic and humorous spin on Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical Into the Woods.
It promises to be the funkiest show in the West End and features music from Gorillaz, Massive Attack, Prince, Basement Jaxx, Stevie Wonder, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Janet Jackson, James Brown, Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre, Black Eyed Peas, Bob Marley, The Chemical Brothers, and many, many more.
With a cast of 19 adults and 9 children (3 on stage) Into The Hoods follows two children lost in the ‘hood’. An evil landlord befriends the children after they have played truant from school 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; Rap-on-Zel, 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 I-pod.
Winner of a Herald Angel Award, and receiving 5 Star reviews from The Scotsman, The Herald and The List, Into the Hoods became the must see show in Edinburgh for audiences of all ages. ZooNation is widely respected for their work in motivating young people through hip hop and street dance and in brining their unique dance presentation to a wider audience. The company has appeared on numerous television programmes including Blue Peter, The Late Edition and Popworld.
Live appearances include West End Live, The City Speaks, the official Olympic Celebration in Trafalgar Square and the opening ceremony for the Tour de France in London. The company has taken part in Sadler’s Wells’ Breakin Convention. They also headlined Breakin the Bay at the Wales Millennium Centre and was selected to take part in HotHouse 2005 at The Place.
Director Kate Prince has choreographed a range of television (including Strictly Dance Fever, BBC), stage shows and music videos while the professional dancers in the show perform internationally with artists such as Kylie, Nelly Furtado, Pink, Black Eyed Peas, 50Cent, Beyonce and Snoop Dogg, when not performing with ZooNation.
Joining ZooNation on stage as the nightly warm up act will be Mister Gee, whose comedy rap poetry sets the mood for a show like no other in the West End.
- Venue: The Novello Theatre, Aldwych, London WC2B 4LD
- Tel: Box Office 0844 482 5170
Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm
Wednesday and Saturday at 3pm
All seats £20 / £10
Groups 8+ £17.50
Schools 8+ £12.50
From March 28
£39.50, £29.50, £19.50, £15
All prices include 75p theatre restoration levy