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Sweeney Todd – Derby Theatre and Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Sweeney Todd continues at Derby Theatre until 22 October before transferring to Colchester’s Mercury Theatre where it will run from 26 October until 12 November. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ It’s not so many seasons since the former Derby Playhouse staged Sweeney Todd – and easily merited a five star rating. […]

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Derby and Colchester’s Sweeney Todd to open in late September

Derby Theatre and Mercury Theatre, Colchester’s new production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd is currently in rehearsal ahead of its opening later this month. The musical will play Derby Theatre from 30 September until 22 October before transferring to Colchester’s Mercury Theatre where it will run from 26 October until 12 November. Starring Hugh Maynard (Miss […]

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Interview – Sweeney Todd writer Christopher Bond on his latest show, Romford Rose

CHRISTOPHER BOND is probably best known to theatregoers as the playwright of the 1970 version of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street that pumped new blood into George Dibdin Pitt’s bloody melodrama (“It needed a heart transplant, not a facelift,” says Bond) and inspired Stephen Sondheim to create his musical magnum opus six […]

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Michael Ball to host 40th anniversary Olivier Awards

The Olivier Awards with MasterCard have today announced that Michael Ball will host this year’s awards ceremony. The awards, which this year celebrate their 40th anniversary, will be presented at a star-studded ceremony on Sunday 3 April at the Royal Opera House. Michael Ball, the celebrated musical theatre star, is a two-time Olivier Award-winner whose career in […]

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Alan Rickman Remembered – an actor of great range on stage, in films and TV

Alan Rickman (21 February, 1946-14 January 2016) was an actor known for his villainous but sometimes comic roles. Here we look at his remarkable, eclectic career on stage, film and television. Although Alan Rickman was mainly known as both a dramatic and comedic actor, he was not without a good singing voice and actually sang on […]

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New Wolsey Ipswich birthday season includes The Last Five Years and Sweeney Todd

Ipswich’s New Wolsey Theatre will be celebrating its 15th birthday next year with a spring season that includes a revival of the production that marked its reopening in 2001, Sweeney Todd. The Sondheim classic is one of a series of major productions featured in a packed anniversary season that will begin on 25 February 2016 with The […]

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Sweeney Todd – WNO – Mayflower Theatre, Southampton and Touring

Sweeney Todd continues at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton until 17 October and on tour until 29 November. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Welsh National Opera’s first-ever musical, the bloody tale of revenge that many regard as Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece, is part of their Madness trilogy that’s currently on tour with Bellini’s I Puritani and […]

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WNO takes reimagined production of Sweeney Todd on short UK tour

The Welsh National Opera’s inventive re-working of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd begins a short UK tour at Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre this week. The production, which breaks with the traditional Victorian era setting to place the Demon Barber’s grisly antics at the heart of Thatcherite Britain in the late 1970s and early 1980s, […]

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Lovett + Todd – King’s Head Theatre

Lovett + Todd continues at the King’s Head Theatre, London until 1 August. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ It’s an audacious theatre company that tackles a brand new musical inspired by Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. But it’s the kind of audacity that we’ve come to expect from Another Soup, creators of […]

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Sweeney Todd – does size matter?

In the battle of the large and small scale productions of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd (currently playing in London), which one produces the ultimate, dramatic knockout punch? The star-studded US transfer at the ENO or Tooting Arts Club’s intensely intimate staging in a pop-up pie shop in Shaftesbury Avenue? Craig Glenday investigates… Londoners are currently being treated […]

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Jonathan Church and Alan Finch to leave Chichester Festival Theatre at end of September 2016

Artistic director Jonathan Church and executive director Alan Finch announced today that they are to step down from their respective roles at Chichester Festival Theatre at the end of September 2016, following Festival 2016. Both Church and Finch joined Chichester Festival Theatre in 2005, overseeing the organisation’s 50th anniversary in 2012 and the recent £22 million […]

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Sweeney Todd at the ENO – production images released

Here’s a first look at images of Lonny Price’s staging of Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson in Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, A Musical Thriller, the first production in a major new long term partnership between English National Opera (ENO) and the GradeLinnit Company. Pictures are by Tristram Kenton. Joining Terfel and Thompson who will lead the cast as Sweeney Todd and […]

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Sweeney Todd – Harrington’s Pie & Mash Shop, Shaftesbury Avenue

Sweeney Todd continues at Harrington’s Pie & Mash Shop, Shaftesbury Avenue, London until 30 May. Star rating: 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ It’s cramped, it’s hot and it’s airless, but this new production of Sweeney Todd might just be the best version you’ll ever experience. And ‘experience’ is definitely the word, as this teeny-tiny Todd has its actors […]

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Sweeney Todd – Reims Opera House, France

Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street was performed at Reims Opera House, France. Star rating: 3 stars ★ ★ ★ What the collective noun for a shedload of Sweeneys is, one can’t be certain ­– could it be a multitude of Sweeneys (as in ‘Multitude of Amys’ from another Sondheim masterpiece, Company), a Symphony of […]

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Sweeney Todd at London Coliseum – full cast revealed

Due to unprecedented public demand, an extra performance has been scheduled on Sunday 5 April at 3pm for Lonny Price’s production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, A Musical Thriller at the London Coliseum. Tickets for the 5 April performance, including 300 seats at £10 each, will go on sale today (3 March […]

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Miss Saigon sweeps the board at WhatsOnStage Awards

Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Miss Saigon won a record-breaking nine WhatsOnStage Awards at a star-studded ceremony last night at London’s Prince of Wales Theatre. The 15th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards, voted for by the theatre-going public, were hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Steve Furst (the latter is currently appearing in Made in Dagenham at the Adelphi […]

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Tooting Arts Club Sweeney Todd staged in pop-up pie shop on Shaftesbury Avenue

By special arrangement with Cameron Mackintosh, Tooting Arts Club’s acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd is to move to a new home on Shaftesbury Avenue this spring whilst Harrington’s Pie and Mash Shop undergoes refurbishment. The pop-up pie shop success story started last October when Tooting Arts offered up lovelorn Mrs Lovett’s infamous pies in a grisly, site-specific […]

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Our Time – KT Sullivan and Jeff Harnar Sing Sondheim – Crazy Coqs

Our Time: KT Sullivan and Jeff Harnar Sing Sondheim at the Crazy Coqs, London continues until 14 February. Star rating: 4 stars **** Put two of New York’s finest, most enduring cabaret performers in the best room in town, give them 20 of Stephen Sondheim’s cleverest songs to interpret, many with a new, gender-bending twist, and the result, as you might […]

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Musical Theatre 2015 Preview – all you need to know

You can’t get more comprehensive than this, here’s a preview of all the 2015 musical theatre openings we know about so far in the West End, on the London Fringe and across the UK. JANUARY: Women On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown – Playhouse, London The UK premiere of David Yazbek and Jeffrey Lane’s […]

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Musical Theatre 2014 – a reflection – what was your favourite?

From I Can’t Sing! and Urinetown in early 2014 to the recently opened Cats and City of Angels, here’s an overview of UK Musical Theatre 2014. Can you see your favourites? DECEMBER: City of Angels – Donmar Warehouse Josie Rourke’s wonderfully vibrant staging injects a whole new lease of life into a show that has never […]

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Interview – Michael Ball chats about his new album and musical theatre challenges

MICHAEL BALL’s new solo album If Everyone Was Listening… is released on Monday 17 November. Lisa Martland has a story to tell… I have a confession to make, and don’t worry, it’s nothing scandalous about double Olivier Award-winner Michael Ball. It is more to do with what happened just a few days after I had the […]

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Philip Quast joins Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel in cast of Sweeney Todd at ENO

Philip Quast will play Judge Turpin, joining the previously announced Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson as Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett, in Lonny Price’s production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, A Musical Thriller at ENO’s London Coliseum (30 March to 12 April 2015). Further tickets have also been released for the first production in a major new long […]

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Sweeney Todd – Harrington’s pie-and-mash shop, Tooting

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street continues at Harrington’s pie-and-mash shop in Tooting, London, until 29 November. What a remarkable evening – Stephen’s Sondheim’s masterpiece Sweeney Todd in a pie shop in Tooting. Something to tell the grandchildren, a one-off never to be forgotten. Totally brilliant too. Not only a brilliant piece of PR by the Tooting […]

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Twickenham Theatre to close only days after Sweeney Todd success

London’s newest fringe space, the Twickenham Theatre, is closing after staging its acclaimed revival of the Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler musical Sweeney Todd. The production played its final sold-out performance of an extended opening season just yesterday at the 100-seat theatre in west London. Today, executive director, West End producer Tony Green, has just two days […]

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – Twickenham Theatre

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street continues at Twickenham Theatre, London until 4 October. First of all, a huge welcome to Twickenham Theatre, a new fringe venture ten miles from central London, easily accessible from Waterloo by train (only a minute’s walk from the station), and off to a spectacular, blood-curdling start with Stephen […]

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Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel star in Sweeney Todd at ENO

Lonny Price will direct Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson in Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, A Musical Thriller, the first production in a major new long term partnership between English National Opera (ENO) and the GradeLinnit Company. The strictly limited run of 13 performances at ENO’s London Coliseum begins on 30 March 2015 with press night on 31 March and the final performance […]

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Interview – David Bedella is Sweeney Todd at Twickenham Theatre

New theatres seem to be opening at a rate of knots. Recent times have seen the St James at Victoria, The Park in Finsbury Park and now the Twickenham Theatre which opened this week with Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Playing the title role is David Bedella, who’s no stranger to Sondheim, with past credits […]

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Tooting Arts Club stages Sweeney Todd in London’s oldest pie shop

Tooting Arts Club is planning an intimate staging of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd in London’s oldest pie and mash shop from 21 October to 29 November (press night is 27 October). Audiences will be invited to congregate at Anton’s barber shop across the road before being shown through to Harrington’s Pie and Mash Shop (originally opened […]

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Sweeney Todd – new images of David Bedella and Sarah Ingram in Twickenham Theatre production

New images have been released of Olivier Award winner David Bedella as razor-wielding Sweeney Todd and Sarah Ingram as his pie-making partner in crime, Mrs Lovett, in an intimate new production of the Tony Award and Olivier Award-winning musical, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, with music […]

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Sweeney Todd – Château d’Hardelot, France

Sweeney Todd was performed at the Château d’Hardelot (in the quiet village of Condette in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France). Following the Stephen Sondheim cycle at Paris’ Theatre du Châtelet that gave us a full-scale Sweeney Todd two years ago, complete with symphonic orchestra and a large cast, we have been treated to a chamber version set in a contemporary world. […]

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The Ladies Who Lunch – The Pheasantry

The Ladies Who Lunch: A Celebration of Sondheim’s Women was performed at The Pheasantry, London. It’s hard to think of any composer who writes better songs, funny or sad, for the opposite sex than Stephen Sondheim and that view was strengthened when 22 of his best were given the full treatment by the talented quartette of Katy Secombe, Rebecca Caine, […]

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New Twickenham Theatre opens with Sweeney Todd

London’s fringe theatre scene is set to get bigger with the launch of the 100-seat Twickenham Theatre in west London. Located just one minute from Twickenham rail station and served by 12 bus routes and free local parking, Twickenham Theatre is a flexible performance space that will be both a producing and receiving house. The […]

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Sweeney Todd – West Yorkshire Playhouse

Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street continues at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds until 26 October, then transfers to the Royal Exchange, Manchester, 1–30 November. The high camp Victorian spectres of Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter in Tim Burton’s film version of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd are firmly […]

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Patti LuPone – Leicester Square Theatre

Playing at the Leicester Square Theatre, London until 23rd June. It’s not often we get a real live Broadway musical theatre legend in the West End and fans, among them Adele, were out in force for Patti LuPone’s opening night at the Leicester Square Theatre. A belter in the Ethel Merman tradition and an actress […]

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Olivier Awards, a taste of the glamour

Click on any image for a larger version. It was a glamorous night at the Royal Opera House for the 37th Olivier Awards. While all those associated with musical theatre winners Top Hat, Sweeney Todd and Billy Elliot had much to celebrate, plenty of other performers played their part too. Actress Heather Headley may not have […]

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Olivier Awards – winners revealed…

Top Hat, Sweeney Todd and Billy Elliot were the big musical theatre winners in the 37th Olivier Awards (hosted by the Society of London Theatre and sponsored by Mastercard), held at London’s Royal Opera House and compered by Sheridan Smith and Hugh Bonneville. Top Hat, currently running at the Aldwych Theatre, was victorious in three categories – […]

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