Tooting Arts Club’s production of Sweeney Todd is to move to a new home on Shaftesbury Avenue this spring while Harrington’s Pie and Mash Shop undergoes refurbishment.
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.
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.
While 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 have gone on sale for the evocative and atmospheric production which will once again be delivered to intimate audiences by candlelight, across the tables.
Tooting Arts will continue to partner Harrington’s for the project, with meat pie, mash and liquor served up on site for audiences to buy before the show.
TAC producer, Rachel Edwards, 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.”
Based on a Victorian horror story, Sweeney Todd is often considered Sondheim’s masterpiece. The original 1979 production won a host of awards including both the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for music, book and the two lead actors.
The TAC 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, who recently co-directed the international touring production of Shakespeare’s Globe’s Hamlet alongside Dominic Dromgoole.
Sweeney Todd runs at Harrington’s Pie and Mash Shop, 39-45 Shaftesbury Avenue, from March 12-May 16.