Sweeney Todd

Venue : Redditch Palace Theatre

Date : June 1992

Genre : Drama

Director

Angela Smith

Assistant Director

Cast

Jonathan Prior

Sweeney Todd

Paul Cherry

Tobias Ragg / A Boy

Mark Beavon

Mark Ingestrie

Jo Blount

Joanna Oakley

Roger Warren

Dr Amindab Lupin / Henry

Sue George

Mrs Lovett

John Parkes

Jonas Fogg / A Labourer

Crew

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Bill Arris

Set Design

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Arthur Bunegar

Set Construction

Denise Williams

Stage Manager

Jenny Bradford

Assistant Stage Manager

Mike Beamish

Assistant Stage Manager

Steve O’Hara

Assistant Stage Manager

Tony Goswell

Lighting

Joy Rodgers

Lighting

Val Archer

Val Archer

Properties

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Sarah Courbet

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Maddy Dawe

Costume

Karen Ashley

Transport

Angela Smith

House Manager

Crew

Bill Arris

Set Design

Arthur Bunegar

Set Construction

Denise Williams

Stage Manager

Jenny Bradford

Assistant Stage Manager

Mike Beamish

Assistant Stage Manager

Steve O’Hara

Assistant Stage Manager

Tony Goswell

Lighting

Joy Rodgers

Lighting

Val Archer

Properties

Sarah Courbet

Properties

Maddy Dawe

Costume

Karen Ashley

Transport

Angela Smith

House Manager

Production Gallery

Reviews

Review

THE SCENE: Outside the office of the editor of a small provincial newspaper. Filkins, the weedy theatre critic and dogsbody, lurks, trembling. Knocks on editor's door.

ED: (Bellows) "come!."
(Filkins slithers round the door)

FILKINS: "You want-ed to see me Mr Lam-bast, Sir?"

ED: "Ah, yes Filkins, sit down. Have you thought any more about our little conversation?"

FILKINS: (Slides on to small stool and looks up at Ed. Gulps." "Conversation Sir?"

ED: "Yes, lad. About the Wythall Theatre Group and the string of brilliant reviews you've given them lately. (Raises voice). The great reading public don't want good reviews lad they want the knives put! (Re-gains composure slightly).

This thing they did on Saturday night. What was it? Ah yes! Sweeney Todd. The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Now's your chance to be the Demon Barber of the High Street laddie. Give them a pasting. It's time someone brought them down a peg or two. You know the sort of thing Filkins - shoddy scenery, forgetting their lines, couldn't act their way out of a pile of feathers, etcetera, etcetera. (Glares at the puny scribe menacingly. Nods head theatrically). Yes Filkins?"

FILKINS: (Now whimpering) "B..b..b.. but Mister Lambast, Sir. I can't do it they were brilliant Sir! (Commences a babbling eulogy). Absolutely word perfect Sir! The scenery was magnificent, per-fectly capturing the atmosphere of 19th century London and the grisly goings on in Mrs Lovett's Pie Shoppe, and all concerned threw themselves into it heart and soul, particularly Jonathan Prior as Todd and Roger Warren as Aminadab Lupin. "And Sue Lister's Mrs Lovett stole the show. At £4 a ticket it knocks the West End into a cocked hat... Sir." (Filkins has fallen to his knees. Having regained his senses some-what he gazes up in awe at the tyrannical Mr Lambast, now apoplectic with rage.)

ED: (Idly) You must have found something wrong boy... Eh? Eh?"

FILKINS: (Racking his brain) "W..w..well yes Sir, Mr Lambast....."

ED: "Yes laddie?"

FILKINS: "Well Sir, the lady in the ice-cream kiosk did over-charge me a penny for a Cornetto."

ED: "Out Filkins! Out! Out! Out!"

David Whipp, The Advertiser and Messenger