Sondheim's Sweeney Todd to launch Twickenham Theatre
A brand new fringe theatre is set to open this Autumn. The Twickenham Theatre will be a 100-seat venue, which will act as both a producing and receiving house. It is located just one minute away from Twickenham Rail Station in west London.
The theatre's Executive Director, West End producer Tony Green, released the following statement:
"Twickenham has not had any arts and entertainment venues available to production companies for over 250 years. By offering a new dedicated venue for quality theatre and other entertainment we can give locals the opportunity to experience some of the West End on their doorstep - and Londoners a reason to come to Twickenham - we're only 20-minutes by train from Waterloo!"
The Twickenham Theatre's inaugural season will begin with Stephen Sondheim's gruesome musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, directed by Derek Anderson, beginning previews on 10 Sep 2014, officially opening on 16 Sep and continuing its limited engagement through to 04 Oct 2014.
Synopsis: 'Set in 19th century England, the musical tells the story of Benjamin Barker, aka Sweeney Todd, who returns to London after 15 years' transportation on trumped-up charges. When he finds out that his wife poisoned herself after being raped by the judge who transported him, he vows revenge on the judge and, later, other people too. He teams up with a piemaker, Mrs. Lovett, and opens a barbershop in which he slits the throats of customers and has them baked into pies.'
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a co-production between the Twickenham Theatre and David Adkin. It features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and book by Hugh Wheeler. This production features musical supervision by Tim Jackson, scenic design by Rachel Stone, costumes by Olivia Ward and sound design by Joel Price.