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Sweeney Todd in Harrington's Pie and Mash Shop, Tooting
The Tooting Arts Club will present a site specific production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's 1979 musical Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at London's oldest pie and mash shop, Harrington’s Pie and Mash Shop, Tooting south London, from 21st October to 29th November 2014.
In this staging of Sondheim’s musical thriller, audiences will congregate at Anton’s barber shop before being shown through to Harrington’s Pie and Mash Shop, where the décor, little changed since it was opened in 1908, will provide the setting for Mrs Lovett’s infamous establishment.
The production will be directed by Bill Buckhurst with musical direction by Ben Cox. It is produced by Rachel Edwards for Tooting Arts Club. Tooting Arts Club was established in 2010 to stage high quality professional productions in an area that lacks a permanent home for theatre. The company takes inspiration from the area, using local buildings to stage performances that draw audiences from across London. This will mark their fifth production.
In a press statement, Director Bill Buckhurst said of the production: “This will be Sondheim's Sweeney Todd stripped-back and up-close with a cast of eight, a band of three and a uniquely atmospheric space - the perfect setting for this thrilling tale of love, betrayal, lust and murder.”
Casting for the production is yet to be announced.