Glasgow Music Theatre are bringing Stephen Sondheim’s Victorian musical thriller SWEENEY TODD – THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET to Glasgow next week, transporting theatregoers at Eastwood Park Theatre to 1800s London in the 1800s.
This masterpiece, which details the exploits of murderous barber Sweeney Todd who kills his unsuspecting customers before baking them into meat pies, originally debuted on Broadway in 1979, where it won Tony awards for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score. It was also notably adapted for the silver screen by Tim Burton in 2007, in the critically acclaimed film starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.
The deadly story fuelled by love and revenge will have you at the edge of your seats (and sometimes covering your eyes!). The infamous roles of Sweeney Todd and his able baking accomplice Mrs Lovett will be played by Chris McLeish and Kerry Burley.
Both experienced performers, they are thrilled to be taking on these characters. Chris explains: “Having worked for years as an actor, most recently as the lead in a production of Beauty and the Beast, I’m looking forward to bringing my experience from panto to pies!”
Kerry Burley, who will be transforming into the devious Mrs Lovett, has waited her entire 30 year acting career for this opportunity to get into her ‘meatiest’ role to date. She laughs, “I’m excited to take on such an iconic role, but I’m slightly concerned about what I’ve been doing to my four-year old’s development with sinister music blasting out at home night and day – the other day after singing ‘Worst Pies in London’ in the other room, she popped her head in to ask if we could go to Greggs for some pies!”
The two star- crossed lovers in the story, Johanna and Anthony, will be played by Glasgow’s very own Ross and Rachel, and the dynamic duo offers the audience welcome romantic relief in the gruesome tale. Ross Pollock, a barman from Glasgow, had his debut with GMT in summer 2017, while the lovely Rachel Thomson, a doctor currently working in Ayr, originally from Rutherglen has worked with the company for over seven years.
Backed by a brilliantly talented principal and ensemble cast tackling this complex and wildly entertaining musical, the audience are sure to leave the theatre thrilled by this unique show – .and hopefully ‘hungry’ for more!
Tickets £15, available from the Box Office: www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk
For more information, visit www.glasgowmusictheatre.co.uk
Photocredit: Erik Igelström