Tooting Arts' site specific Sweeney Todd transfers


The Tooting Arts Club's site specific production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's 1979 musical Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street which ran at Harrington’s Pie and Mash Shop in Tooting has announced it will transfer to a pop up venue on Shaftesbury Avenue, running from 12 March to 16 May 2015.

Produced by Rachel Edwards for Tooting Arts Club by special arrangement with Cameron Mackintosh the production will recreate the interior of Harrington's Pie and Mash Shop and be the first pop-up musical to come to the West End. Tooting Arts will continue to partner with the Harrington’s for the project, with meat pie, mash and liquor served up on site for audiences to buy before the show.

The original production ran at the south London venue from 21st October to 29th November 2014.

The production will once again be directed by Bill Buckhurst with musical direction by Ben Cox. The original cast will reprise their roles, Siobhan McCarthy (Mrs Lovett) Jeremy Secomb (Sweeney), Ian Mowat, Nadim Naaman, Duncan Smith, Joseph Taylor and Kiara Jay, with the addition of Zoe Doano.

In a press statement, producer Rachel Edwards said of the production: "Putting Sweeney Todd on at Harrington’s last year was a remarkable adventure. The project sums up exactly what TAC is about - creating inventive work that is born out exciting collaborations with people at the heart of the local community. To be able to share the project with a wider audience is a dream come true."

Set in Victorian London, Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street tells the story of the eponymous barber who seeks vengeance on what he sees as a merciless world by murdering his customers and, with the help of his landlady, the romantically inclined Mrs. Lovett, bakes their bodies into meat pies, which are fed to London's avid and unknowing populace.

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