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Saturday, 27 February 2016

Preview: Sweeney Todd at Newcastle Tyne Theatre





Bloodcurdling musical set to thrill audiences at Tyne Theatre & Opera House!

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Newcastle Tyne Theatre & Opera House
Wednesday 2nd March to Saturday 5th March 2016

The curtain is set to rise on an exciting production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street next month at Tyne Theatre & Opera House.

Stephen Sondheim’s magnificently dark musical, based on a mass murdering barber thirsty for revenge, is set to be presented by Friends of Tyne Theatre & Opera House as a fundraiser for the Tyne Theatre & Opera House Preservation Trust.

Rehearsal Photo
Proceeds from the production will contribute towards the restoration of the unique Grade 1 listed Victorian opera house on Westgate Road, Newcastle.

The production has attracted talented cast members from across the region and even internationally; one of the stars of the show, Mia Bazzoui – who plays Todd’s partner in crime Mrs Lovett, lives in Dubai but is currently studying International Relations at Durham University.

Mia, who intends to train as an actress following her degree, said: “I’m extremely excited for Sweeney Todd especially playing Mrs Lovett – having seen Imelda Staunton playing the role six times in London”.

Rehearsal Photo
The title role of Sweeney Todd is played by 22-year-old Thomas Potts from Sunderland. Thomas loves the show, has been involved with theatre since he was young and is currently completing a Masters Degree in Theatre Performance at Northumbria University.

Will Lockey from Tyne Valleyis playing the role of Tobias. Will is keen to train as an actor and sees this role as a challenge both musically and dramatically, putting him in great stead for a future in the industry. 

The roles of Johanna and Anthony are played by 17-year-old Emily Miller from Durham, who is currently auditioning for drama courses, and 23-year-old Michael Grant – a trained actor and singer who has performed in Russiaand the USA.

The show is directed by Lynne Wilmot, a professional actress from Newcastle whose career credits include two national tours of Les Miserables, the Les Miserables movie, original cast of Jerry Springer the Opera, Beauty and the Beast (Disney), The Huntsman(Universal) and National Theatre. Lynne also appeared as a girl in the amateur premier of Sweeney Todd at the Tyne Theatre in 1983.

The production’s principals are supported by a large young and talented ensemble and a large amateur orchestra playing the original full orchestration.

The tile sponsor for the show is Parkdean, the Newcastle-based holiday park operator that recently merged with Park Resorts to create Parkdean Resorts, who also sponsored TheFriends’ first and very successful production – The Pirates of Penzance, in September 2015. Read the full North East Theatre Guide review of Pirates of Penzance here:.

The director of finance for Parkdean Resorts, Mike Wilmot is also a Trustee for the Tyne Theatre & Opera House Preservation Trust.

Mike said: “This is an extremely important project for us as we are getting people in to enjoy our historic theatre whilst raising vital funds to protect and preserve this beautiful building for future generations”.


Tickets:
Sweeney Todd is being performed on the evenings of Wednesday 2ndMarch to Saturday 5th March 2016at 7.15pm. Tickets are available at www.tynetheatreandoperahouse.ukor 0844 249 1000 and priced £13 for adults and £10 for concessions.

The Tyne Theatre & Opera House Box Office is open 10am-3:30pm Monday to Friday and event days
Booking and Information Line: 0844 2491 000 (10am – 6pm Monday to Friday)

More information at our Website: www.tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk






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