London Run of Sweeney Todd, with Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton, Will Close in September
By Andrew Gans
The critically acclaimed London revival of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Sweeney Todd, which stars Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton, will end its limited engagement Sept. 22.
The production officially opened at the West End's Adelphi Theatre March 20, following previews that began March 10. Both actors reprised the roles they previously played at the Chichester Festival Theatre last October.
The cast also includes John Bowe, Peter Polycarpou, Robert Burt, Gillian Kirkpatrick, Lucy May Barker, Luke Brady, James McConville, and Simeon Truby. The ensemble includes: Valda Aviks, Will Barratt, Josie Benson, Emily Bull, John Coates, Daniel Graham, Robine Landi, Tim Morgan, Aoife Nally, Adam Pearce, Wendy Somerville, Kerry Washington and Annabelle Williams.
The production is designed by Anthony Ward and choreographed by Denni Sayers with lighting design by Mark Henderson. The musical director is Nicholas Skilbeck, with orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick and sound design by Paul Groothuis.
The London run of the Chichester Festival Theatre production is produced by Playful Productions, Robert G Bartner, Old Vic Productions, Matthew Mitchell, Roger Berlind, Daniel Sparrow and Mike Walsh Productions, Joseph Smith/Michael McCabe, and Parnassus Enterprises Inc.
Sweeney Todd, which features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler from an adaptation by Christopher Bond, has previously been produced in London in a re-staging of Hal Prince's original Broadway production at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, and in new productions at the National Theatre, Royal Opera House and Trafalgar Studios, amongst others.
Ball, who plays the title role, has previously appeared in the West End premiere of Sondheim's Passion, and was most recently seen on the London stage as the Olivier Award-winning star of Hairspray. He has also originated leading roles in the West End in Les Misérables, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Aspects of Love (subsequently on Broadway) and taken over roles in The Woman in White and The Phantom of the Opera. He made his English National Opera debut as Hajj/Poet in Kismet, and in 2005 he made his debut with the New York City Opera as Reginald Bunthrone in Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience. He co-produced Chichester Festival 2010's West End transfer of Love Story. He also has a successful recording career, and released his eighteenth album, "Heroes," and completed a nationwide tour last year.
Staunton, who Mrs. Lovett, has previously appeared in the West End premiere of Sondheim's Into the Woods, where she played the Baker's Wife. Other musicals include the National's production of Guys and Dolls (as Miss Adelaide); she has also done a cabaret season as part of the Divas at the Donmar series at the Donmar Warehouse. Other recent theatre credits include A Delicate Balance at the Almeida Theatre and a West End production of Entertaining Mr. Sloane. Film credits include the "Harry Potter series," "Taking Woodstock" and the title role in "Vera Drake," for which she received BAFTA, European Film and Venice Film Festival Awards, as well as an Oscar nomination. Television credits include "Psychoville" and "Cranford."
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