What’s on: Sweeney Todd comes to Saffron Walden

PUBLISHED: 12:04 22 October 2012

SAFFRON Walden Musical Theatre Company Youth Group presents one of its most ambitious and exciting productions ever this month with Stephen Sondheim’s epic musical Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

In a version especially adapted for young people, over 40 performers, aged 11-18, will tackle this masterpiece of modern theatre. The Sondheim classic is arguably one of the most important works in 20th century musical theatre. This grand, Gothic, operatic tragedy, tells the story of Sweeney Todd – the Demon Barber of Fleet Street – and his relationship with the hypnotic Mrs Lovett. Together they open a barbershop in which Sweeney slits the throats of customers and Mrs Lovett bakes them into pies.

Following on from the critically-acclaimed recent West End production with Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton, Sweeney Todd is one of the most demanding pieces in musical theatre, and has enabled SWMTC Youth Group to show-case the incredible talent within its company.

This production is drawing performers from most of the local schools including SWCHS, Newport Free Grammar and The Friend’s School – as well schools in Cambridge, including Perse Girls. The parts of Sweeney Todd and Mrs Lovett are being played by Saffron Walden County High School students Ed Chancellor and Alice Clemens. While Friends School pupil Dom McGann takes the part of Anthony.

Established in 1922, the Saffron Walden Musical Theatre Company introduced its youth group in 1974 (for 11 to 18 year olds), and has been a springboard for local, young talent, with many having gone on to drama school and to perform in the West End. Its recent productions have included: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Boy Friend and Annie.

• Tickets for Sweeney Todd start from £6 and go on sale from Monday October 29. They can be purchased from Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre.

As most performances of the company’s recent production Annie did sell out, so those wishing to purchase tickets are encouraged to do so early.

Tickets can also be bought online at saffrontickets.com.

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