This episode of was recorded in January 2020 – before Covid-19 changed everything. Host Andrew Keates shares an explanation about where The Show People Podcast has been for most of 2020 and celebrates the podcast’s fourth anniversary.
Actor/singer/writer/dad Nadim Naaman takes a moment to answer 10 Questions for 10 Years most thoughtfully indeed.
Associate director Nick Bagnall’s vision for Sweeney Todd at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre is unique, intense and exciting, bringing out the very best of the venue and its performers.
Visiting New York offers a chance to catch up with the trans-Atlantic transfer of Bill Buckhurst’s ingenious take on Sweeney Todd, sited in a replica of Harrington’s eponymous Tooting pie shop.
Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins will star for the first time together in the West End as Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel for English National Opera, opening at the London Coliseum in April.
Hugh Maynard is extremely handsome and charismatic off stage but on stage required to bury his charm beneath Todd’s persistently dour and single-minded revenge against Judge Turpin. His performance is proudly and powerfully sung.
For much as I’d love us to be in a place where it doesn’t matter, it still feels important to note that Hugh Maynard is the first black man to play the role of Sweeney Todd professionally in the UK. And from his very first utterance, you’re left in no doubt whatsoever that he’s more than up to the task.
One of Sondheim’s best-loved musicals was brought deliciously to life at Derby Theatre, last night. It has been ably directed by Daniel Buckroyd and his take on it has cemented the story far more favourably in my affections. This has not previously been on my list of favourites.
Mrs Lovett has always been a role I would love to inhabit. I like to think I can pay homage to the great Dame Angela Lansbury within my version.
After my two-week Christmas roadtrip in the US, I’m finally back at my desk and able to catch up on all the 2015 UK theatrical year round. Have you been keeping up in my absence? Fear not either way, because once again, I’ve rounded up the round-ups to give you an essential overview.
This weekend (27 December 2015), Imelda Staunton reprises her recent Chichester and West End performance in GYPSY in a filmed version of the production. In this 2012 interview I did with Staunton, first published in the Sunday Express, as she prepared to reprise her Chichester performance as Mrs Lovett in another Sondheim musical SWEENEY TODD in the West End, she mentions that she was already thinking of doing GYPSY next.
I began a busy week in New York and then was in England, Wales and Scotland – only Ireland eluded me.
I’m not the only theatre person who was focused on the Conservative Party Conference last week. Though she may not have anticipated quite the extent of the spitting, pig mask wearing protests outside the gates of the “Tory scum” meetings, Tooting Arts Club producer did intentionally time the opening of her Tooting Arts Club revival […]
I was extremely fortunate to be given the opportunity to visit the Welsh National Opera‘s (WNO) home in Cardiff thanks to the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton. The Millenium Centre is a vast space which is home too several performance companies including WNO, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the National Dance Company Wales.
Tooting Arts Club will revive their own production of Barbarians by Barrie Keeffe at the former Central Saint Martins School of Art building in Soho. The temporary venue is being launched in collaboration with Emily Dobbs of Jagged Fence Theatre. Previews start on Tuesday 29 September 2015, with press performances on Saturday 3, Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 October. A …
This Another Soup Theatre production focuses on the story of Cornelia Lovett, the pie-maker and the relationship between her and the “demon barber”, Sweeney Todd. The concept is intriguing, one where Mrs Lovett is portrayed as a coldblooded murderess who manipulates Todd into doing her will and her unwilling accomplice.
This original take of the classic Sweeney Todd story, which has had so many incarnations in the past, originally sprang out of our desire to perform innovative pieces of theatre in interesting locations, whilst studying at university.
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I’m obviously slackening off: in the three weeks I’ve kept this online diary now, I’ve seen 10 shows, 7 shows and 6 shows respectively. And — shock horror — looking at my diary for the week ahead, I’ve actually got two nights that are (so far) unplanned!
But it’s really rather good to keep some flexibility in my diary; although parts of it inevitably fill up several months in advance, it’s always good to have a spare night or two in there to accommodate a surprise, a recommendation, something I want to see again, or simply to have a night off! (Last night we stayed in and caught up on some long-ago recorded telly, including the sorrowful end of the brilliant Russell T Davies series Cucumber, and the joyous Bette Midler ITV Christmas special — at 69 years old, she’s still as dauntless and outrageous and stunning as ever!)
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Maybe the Mayor of London should ban Sweeney Todd? With elections looming do we really need negative propaganda which describes this city as ‘filled with shit’ and ‘not worth what a pig could spit’. Everyone has a black heart or a base motive, and after three hours of undiluted mayhem the stage is littered with corpses […]
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