Press: Sweeney Todd for Theatre on the Bay

February 5, 2016

Pieter Toerien Productions and KickstArt presents Sweeney Todd at Theatre on the Bay from 19 February to 9 April 2016.

 

Starring Jonathan Roxmouth and Charon Williams-Ross and featuring sublime theatrics, a thrilling, chilling story, suspense, passion, deliciously dark humour, and with an iconic score and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Sweeney Todd is directed and designed by the award-winning KickstArt team of Steven Stead and Greg King.

 

An all-star South African cast playing alongside Roxmouth as the Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Williams-Ross as Mrs. Lovett, includes Michael Richard, Candice von Litsenborgh, Jaco van Rensburg, Anne Marie Clulow, Adam Pelkowitz, Luciano Zuppa, Wesley Swain Lauder, Germandt Geldenhuys, Cameron Botha, Pauline du Plessis, Sanli Jooste, Claire Simonis, Megan Rigby, Schoeman Smit and Earl Gregory. The Musical Director is Rowan Bakker. Costume designs are by Neil Stuart Harris and the lighting is by Tina le Roux.

 

This musical thriller by American theatrical genius, Stephen Sondheim, features one of the greatest musical theatre scores ever written. It tells the outlandish tale of urban legend, Sweeney Todd, who famously murdered his clients in his barber chair, whereafter his whacky neighbour and partner in crime, Mrs. Lovett, turned them into much sought after meat pies. Set in 19th century England, Sweeney Todd looks at what drives a man to this sort of extreme obsession, and considers what tragedy lies in his dark and mysterious past.  This gripping musical features the classic songs ‘Pretty Women’; ‘Johanna’; ‘Not While I’m Around’; ‘By the Sea’; ‘A Little Priest’, and ‘The Ballad of Sweeney Todd’.

 

Sweeney Todd won both the Tony Award and the Olivier Award for Best New Musical when it was first produced in 1979, and became a major motion picture by Tim Burton, starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham-Carter, Alan Rickman and Sacha Baron Cohen. Cameron Mackintosh has called Sondheim "possibly the greatest lyricist ever".

 

Sweeney Todd is at Theatre on the Bay in Camps Bay from 19 February to 9 April 2016 wIth tickets from R125 to R350 via www.computicket.com, 086191598000 or 0214383100. Performances run at 8pm from Mondays to Thursdays, at 8:15pm on Fridays and at 4:30pm and 8:15pm on Saturdays.

 

 

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