Sweeney Todd

Quick catch-up…

Programmes April 2015

It’s been a hectic old time the last few weeks, so capturing thoughts on performances has rather got forgotten. They’ve been a diverse bunch as well.

So, in brief: (more…)

Sweeney Todd, Adelphi Theatre

What a sensational night at the theatre. Sondheim’s masterwork can scarcely have had a better outing since Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou.

The production moved seamlessly and smoothly through the many shifting locations, with lighting always finely judged: the oven and the meat grinder brooded in the shadows, Mrs Lovett’s parlour was suffused with dim warmth and her newly-busy pie shop was lit so as to bring the bustling details to life. Cages and doors swung open and clanged shut across the back of the curved set, and the pie-shop-cum-tonsorial-parlour swung on and turned gently to throw up shifting perspectives and views, all adding slightly to the tension. People came out on to the galleries high up on the set to comment on the action (as the chorus), just to watch, or for some of the principals’ perambulations. Jonathan Kent has done the work proud, his opera experience perhaps contributing to skilful handling of many characters, chorus, and fast changing scenes. (more…)