Sweeney Todd (Tooting)

by Stephen Sondheim

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In the winter of 2014, Tooting Arts Club staged Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece Sweeney Todd in London’s oldest pie and mash shop, Harrington’s Pie and Mash, number 3 Selkirk Road, Tooting.

Just 8 actors, 3 musicians and an audience of just 32, this intimate revival received exceptional reviews, 4 Off West end nominations, and on the last night a visit from Stephen Sondheim himself.

Due to its phenomenal success TAC re-mounted Sweeney Todd in Spring 2015 with the endorsement and help of no other than Sir Cameron Mackintosh.

 

‘This revival of the classic Stephen Sondheim Musical courtesy of Tooting Arts Club is extraordinary.  Site Specific-theatre at its very best.’

★★★★★   Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard

‘Bill Buckhurst’s brilliantly atmospheric production is like a luscious, overfilled meat pie. It squeezes both the audience and the performers to the limits.’

★★★★Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

‘In what might be the boldest move on London’s fringe theatre scene this year, Tooting Arts Club perform Stephen Sondheim’s murderous musical in the capital’s oldest pie and mash shop. The move may also be the most brilliant.’


 ★★★★ Daisy Bowie-Sell, Time-Out

’The most unique of any production I’ve ever seen, but also the smallest and most viscerally intense.  I am not sure if Sweeney Todd has ever felt more authentic’
★★★★ Mark Shenton, The Stage

‘This is a robust and inspiring production, not least because of its close links with the surrounding community.’
★★★★ Jane Martin, What’s On Stage

‘Buckhurst stages a flavoursome production in which every word of the lyrics can be heard’
★★★★ Jane Edwardes, Sunday Times (Critical List)

Cast & Creative

Mrs Lovett: Siobhan McCarthy
Sweeney Todd: Jeremy Secomb
Judge Turpin:  Duncan Smith
Beadle Bamford: Ian Mowat
Pirelli/Beggar Woman: Kiara Jay
Anthony Hope: Nadim Naaman
Tobias Ragg: Joseph Taylor
Johanna Barker: Grace Chapman

Director: Bill Buckhurst
Musical Director: Benjamin Cox
Designer: Simon Kenny
Lighting: Amy Mae Smith
Sound: Josh Richardson

Producer: Rachel Edwards
Co-Producer: Hilary Williams
Associate Producer: Tracey Childs

The original production was made possible by our successful kickstater campaign – Kickstarters we salute you! – and from our wonderful sponsors, the award winning drama based training company Bi-Jingo, Wandsworth Arts team and of course the Arts Council England

Have a look at our Kickstarter video below to get a glimpse of our humble beginnings, or click here to read more about the history of Harrington’s Pie & Mash Shop: