Demon barber’s tale will grip you

2016-03-08 06:00
Jonathan Roxmouth and Charon Williams-Ross star in Sweeney Todd at Theatre on the Bay.  PHOTO: Val Adamson

Jonathan Roxmouth and Charon Williams-Ross star in Sweeney Todd at Theatre on the Bay. PHOTO: Val Adamson

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The dark humour and iconic score of Sweeney Todd are currently on display at Theatre on the Bay.

Starring Jonathan Roxmouth and Charon Williams-Ross and featuring the thrilling, chilling story and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Sweeney Todd is directed and designed by the award-winning KickstArt team of Steven Stead and Greg King.

Roxmouth plays the Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Williams-Ross is Mrs Lovett.

The all-star South African cast includes Michael Richard, Candice von Litsenborgh, Jaco van Rensburg, Anne Marie Clulow, Adam Pelkowitz, Luciano Zuppa, Wesley Swain Lauder, Germandt Geldenhuys, Cameron Botha, Pauline du Plessis, Sanli Jooste, Claire Simonis, Megan Rigby, Schoeman Smit and Earl Gregory.

The musical director is Rowan Bakker. Costume designs are by Neil Stuart Harris and the lighting is by Tina le Roux.

This American thriller tells the outlandish tale of urban legend Sweeney Todd, who murdered his clients in his barber chair, whereafter his whacky neighbour and partner in crime, Mrs Lovett, turned them into sought-after meat pies.

Set in 19th century England, Sweeney Todd looks at what drives a man to this sort of extreme obsession, and considers what tragedy lies in his dark and mysterious past.

The musical features the classic songs “Pretty Women”, “Johanna”, “Not While I’m Around”, “By the Sea”, “A Little Priest” and “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd”.V Sweeney Todd is at Theatre on the Bay in Camps Bay until Saturday 9 April with matinee performances on Saturdays. Tickets are available at Computicket. Parental guidance is advised.

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