William Gray, ‘Go into the woods – at your peril’

The Disney film of Stephen Sondheim’s darkly witty musical Into the Woods, with its ingenious interweaving of classic tales from the Grimms, is to be released soon. Here, Professor William Gray of the University of Chichester, Director of the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy explores the implications of the subversion of the ‘traditional’ fairytale happy ending.

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