Time for a close shave as Sweeney Todd comes to Morecambe

Barber Ryan Wallace getting a close shave from Sweeney Todd and Mrs Lovett.
Barber Ryan Wallace getting a close shave from Sweeney Todd and Mrs Lovett.

Barber Ryan Wallace, manager of the Temperance Club English Barbers, had the tables turned on him when Sweeney Todd and Mrs Lovett turned up to give him a shave.

Todd, played by John Beamer, and Lovett, played by Emily Prescott, popped into to the barbers on Marine Road ahead of the Morecambe Warblers production of Sweeney Todd the musical.

Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd

Featuring one of Sondheim’s darkest and most intricate scores, this musical follows Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, as he returns from Australia to the streets of London seeking revenge against those who separated him from his wife and child.

In London he meets Mrs Lovett who owns a failing pie shop.

She recognises Sweeney Todd and quickly tells him his wife Lucy has died at the hand of Judge Turpin.

Sweeney then sets up his Barber business above Mrs Lovett’s shop intent on seeking revenge on the Judge.

There is a twist in the story which can only lead to a heartbreaking conclusion

Murder follows and prompted by Mrs Lovett, his victims become fresh ingredients for her tasty pies.

The dark musical is not to be missed and heads to Lancaster’s Grand Theatre on September 29 to October 3.

There is a twist in the story which can only lead to a heartbreaking conclusion.

The wonderful music of Sondheim is shown so delightfully in “the ballad of Sweeney Todd”, “The worst pies in London” and the more intense “Epiphany.”

There are also very clever comic songs such as “By The Sea” and “A Little Priest” which provide exciting and witty lyrics.

Sweeney Todd combines all the elements of love, tragedy, horror, romance and comedy.

A musical not to be missed by the Morecambe Warblers A.O.S.

The Warblers is a registered charity and an amateur operatic society covering the Morecambe and Lancaster district.

Performances are 7.15pm each evening, and a Saturday matinee at 2pm.

Tickets cost £11 for the Tuesday performance and £13 for all other performances.

Tickets are available from the Grand’s box office on 01524 64695 or you can visit the website at www.lancastergrand.co.uk/shows. Johnny Depp made the role famous when he played Sweeney Todd in Tim Burton’s 2007 The Demon Barber of Fleet Street remake.

Depp worked alongside Helena Bonham Carter who played Mrs Lovett.

A number of stars appeared in the film including Alan Rickman and Timothy Spall. The film won an Oscar for Best Achievement in Art Direction.