Grammar schools to put on own version of Sweeney Todd

Christian Powlesand and Molly Packwood.

Christian Powlesand and Molly Packwood.

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The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is coming to town in a school version of the classic musical.

Sweeney Todd is this year’s production by the joint grammar schools of Lancaster.

A cast from the boys and girls’ grammar schools will put their own snip on Stephen Sondheim’s dark masterpiece, complete with a 30-strong cast and 20-piece orchestra.

The twisted barber and star of the show will be played by Christian Powlesand.

Updated to post-war London and laced with Sondheim’s wit and dark humour, this spine-chilling musical depicts Sweeney Todd’s savage quest for justice and retribution after years of false imprisonment.

Aided and abetted by the pie-shop owner, Mrs Lovett, he sets out to avenge the wrongs done to him and his family.

The rest of the cast includes Molly Packwood (Miss Lovett), Peter Law (Anthony), Sophie Elwood (Johanna), Anna Cookson (Tobias), Alex McCaragher (Beadle), Lucie Moore (Beggar Woman), Max Williams (Judge) and James Riach (Pirelli).

The director is Merril Sheen and musical director is Paul Swannell.

The Sondheim musical first appeared on Broadway in 1979 and was later adapted for cinema by Tim Burton, starring Johnny Depp as The Demon Barber.

Performances are at The Dukes theatre in Lancaster from Wednesday, February 5 to Saturday, February 8.

They cost £10 for adults and £8 concessions. Performance times are 7.30pm each night.

Get them from the box office on 01524 598500 or www.dukes-lancaster.org