The pop-up pie shop success story started last October when Tooting Arts offered up lovelorn Mrs Lovett’s infamous pies in a grisly, site-specific production of Stephen Sondheim’s most famous musical in SW17. Audiences met in the local barbers before being led into London’s oldest, functioning pie-shop, established in 1908 and complete with original Victorian décor.
Whilst the Lovetts’ Victorian home is out of action Tooting Arts will recreate the interior of the beloved Harrington’s, meticulously building an exact replica on Shaftesbury Avenue to house the show, the first pop-up musical to come to Theatreland.
Tickets go on sale today (11th Feb) for the production which runs between 12th March and 16th May. Tooting Arts will continue to partner with the Harrington’s for the project, with meat pie, mash and liquor served up on site for audiences to buy before the show.
Rachel Edwards, Producer, Tooting Arts Club said “Putting Sweeney Todd on at Harrington’s last year was a remarkable adventure. The project sums up exactly what TAC is about - creating inventive work that is born out exciting collaborations with people at the heart of the local community. To be able to share the project with a wider audience is a dream come true. The stars have aligned for us and through word of mouth the incredible support of Stephen Sondheim and Cameron Mackintosh we are able to make it happen all over again.”
The cast includes: Siobhan McCarthy, Jeremy Secomb, Ian Mowat, Nadim Naaman, Duncan Smith, Joseph Taylor and Kiara Jay who all reprise their original roles, with Zoe Doano joining them for the first time.
Sweeney Todd is directed by Bill Buckhurst. Musical direction is by Ben Cox with set design by Simon Kenny, lighting by Amy Mae Smith and sound by Joshua Richardson.