EODS Productions are putting in extra rehearsal time to rise to the challenge of Stephen Sondheim’s score for ‘Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ which is one of his most complex, relying heavily on counterpoint and rich, angular harmonies.
It can be seen as a precursor to the later trend of musicals based on horror themes, such as ‘Phantom of the Opera’, ‘Jekyll and Hyde’, ‘Little Shop of Horrors’.
Sondheim believes the story is one of revenge and how it consumes a vengeful person.
There are however, some comic songs, such as ‘By the Sea’ and ‘A Little Priest’ which find audiences laughing one moment and gasping in surprise at the next.
In a film in 2007 Johnny Depp played Sweeney Todd, while more recently Michael Ball was in the title role in Chichester Festival Theatre’s presentation in 2011 which subsequently transferred to the Adelphi Theatre in London in 2012. The show has won numerous awards and only very recently Imelda Staunton received a Lawrence Olivier Award for her portrayal of Mrs Lovett.
EODS are proud to present this infamous story of Benjamin Barker, aka Sweeney Todd, who set up a barber shop in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs Lovett.
Directed by Sandra Tomlinson with Musical Direction by Carl Greenwood the show will open at Devonshire Park on Wednesday, May 29 and run until Saturday, June 1 - nightly at 7.45pm with 2.30pm. Matinees on Thursday and Saturday.
Tickets £12, £14 and £16 - with concessions, and discount for party bookings – available at Eastbourne Central box office (01323 412000).