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Friday, October 9, 2015


(Charon Williams-Ros as Mrs Lovett and Jonathan Roxmouth as Sweeney Todd. Pic by Val Adamson)

The Durban theatre fraternity and audiences alike send good wishes to KickstArt’s multi-award winning Steven Stead and Greg King, the director and designer of Sweeney Todd, which opens at Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre on October 10.

Starring Jonathan Roxmouth and Charon Williams-Ros (the latter starred in the Durban production - see, the musical features an all-star South African cast that includes Candice van Litsenborgh; Michael Richard, Jaco van Rensburg, Anne Marie Clulow, Adam Pelkowitz, Luciano Zuppa, Wesley Swain Lauder, Cameron Botha, Pauline du Plessis, Sanli Jooste, Claire Simonis, Megan Rigby, Schoeman Smit and Earl Gregory! MD for the show is Rowan Bakker. Luciano Zuppa worked in Durban for many years and appeared in a number of productions for NAPAC (now the Playhouse Company).

This musical thriller by American theatrical genius, Stephen Sondheim, features one of the greatest musical theatre scores ever written. It tells the outlandish tale of urban legend, Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, who famously murdered his clients in his barber chair, whereafter his whacky neighbour, and partner in crime, Mrs Lovett, turned them into much sought after meat pies.

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

Presented by Pieter Toerien & KickstArt, Stephen Sondheim’s iconic musical thriller features the work of well-known Durban designers Neil Stuart Harris (costumes) and Tina le Roux (lighting). Sweeney Todd runs at Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre from October 10 to November 29. Booking is through Computicket on 011 340 8000 or Theatre Box Office 011 511 1818.