Sweeney Todd to Be Staged in a London Pie Shop | Playbill

News Sweeney Todd to Be Staged in a London Pie Shop One of London's oldest pie shops is to host a new intimate production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Sweeney Todd, beginning performances Oct. 21 at Harrington's Pie and Mash Shop in Tooting in South London, prior to an official opening Oct. 27, for a run through Nov. 29.

Bull Buckhurst will direct a cast of eight, and Ben Cox is the musical director of a band of three. 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.

It is produced by Tooting Arts Club, 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 is the fourth production that Buckhurst has directed for the company.

In a press statement, Rachel Edwards, producer for Tooting Arts Club, commented, "It has been a long-held dream to do Sweeney Todd at this venue, and I am so pleased that it has been made possible by the generosity of the owners of Harrington's. The shop is steeped in history and character - and as a producer of site-specific theatre, I instinctively knew this was the ideal venue for Sweeney; it was a great relief that Harrington's thought so too. This project sums up exactly what TAC is about - creating inventive work that is born out exciting collaborations with people at the heart of the Tooting community. It will be - and already is - a remarkable adventure."

David Sydney Johnson, who has been working at Harrington’s for 46 years and is currently the sole pie maker, added, "Harrington’s has been serving pies to the people of Tooting for over a hundred years, but this is the first time we’ve ever staged a theatre show. We’re really looking forward to being a pie shop by day and a theatre venue by night and excited to welcome customers old and new to enjoy the show (and of course our pies)."

To book tickets, or for more details, visit www.tootingartsclub.co.uk.

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