What are celebrities saying about Into the Hoods?

James Corden:
Into the Hoods is the coolest, most vibrant and refreshing show I’ve seen in a West End theatre.’

Steve Pemberton:
‘A feel good show with amazing dancing, the best soundtrack you’ll hear in a theatre, and your kids will think you’re so cool for taking them…the most fun I’ve had at a dance show ever.’

Russell Brand:
‘At last a musical not for squares…’

Steve Coogan:
‘Utterly charming. Life affirming stuff. Take your kids and be a cool Dad for a couple of hours.’

Arlene Philips:
‘It’s new, exciting and different, it’s all dance and it must be seen!’

Kelly Rowland:

Cameron Mackintosh:
‘The most exuberant, imaginative and original dance musical since Cats. I can’t wait to see it again.’

Tickets are going fast… buy yours now!

On another note, have you played the Into the Hoods game yet? Over 82,000 people have now played it! And only 148 people have managed to escape the wolf, collect all the items and complete level 4. (And we’re proud to finally be able to  say that 1 of the 148 is a Southbank Centre marketing team member – hurrah!)

Get to know…the Into the Hoods cast

castWe asked some of our favourite characters from Into the Hoods to answer some questions that reveal a bit about their personal lives. Enjoy and don’t miss ZooNation’s award-winning five-star show that starts from 16 December (find out more/buy tickets here).  Or perhaps, you’d even like to be part of the cast? ZooNation are running auditions from the 15th – 19th of November – click here for more details.

We also have a surprise next week – so check this blog again then!

KP = Kate Prince (Director/Choreographer)
RH = Rowen Hawkins (Jaxx, who lives in the basement)
AO = Andry Oporia (Wolf)
DH = Denny Haywood (Ensemble)

Who is your favourite hero from fiction?
CJ Cregg from The West Wing. Some people wear T-shirts that say ‘What would Jesus do?’… I would like one that reads ‘What would CJ do?’
RH: Spider-Man. Always has been, always will be.
AO: Those who have affected the course of history for the better and influenced the world with their character. Too many to name – from politicians to athletes.
DH: Superman, ever since I was a boy.

What is the most played piece of music on your MP3 player?
Beautiful Surprise‘ by India Arie.
Rhymes like ‘Dimes‘ by MF doom. Love it!
AO: Hip-hop or R&B but I shuffle my playlist ’cause I love my funk and electronic/dance, and especially soul (The J.B.’s, James Brown, Romanthony, George Clinton etc).
All sorts!

What other talent or skill would you like to possess?
I wish I could sing. I can’t. At all. I recently sang karaoke with my husband in Tokyo and then watched the video back afterwards and was absolutely horrified. I did my very best Cyndi Lauper ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun‘ and I sounded completely shrill, squeaky and posh. Like a chipmunk on speed.
I would love to own a four foot tail. the things you could do!
AO: I’ve recently taken an interest in poker. For some reason, I am intrigued by how the rules work (still confused though!?). But it’s a skill I’d like to acquire.
I’d like to fly a plane even though I’m a terrible plane passenger.

What – or where – is perfection?
KP: The Japanese gardens in my husband’s favourite park in Dusseldorf – feet in the water,  sun on my face.
RH: Perfection is Christmas dinner.
Coming from a background of perfectionists, I’ve inherited the desire to try to do everything to the best of my ability. Life has taught me my limits.
DH: On a surf board in the ocean waiting for the wave, it’s so good for your soul.

Into The Hoods: Production Photos


Into the Hoods the award-winning smash hit hip hop musical comes to Southbank Centre this Christmas. To get you in the mood we’ve posted a set of photos from the production up on our Flickr channel. Continue reading