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Rugby Theatre's Sweeney Todd - Told in Pictures

All photos are by Martin Pulley.

Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street opened at Rugby Theatre on Saturday night, and is playing to sold out audiences all week. In case you missed out on tickets, here are some pictures from this sinister Sondheim spectacular…

Deadly duo: Steve Mellin and Hayley Glover as the iconic Sweeney Todd and Mrs Lovett.

John Harrison as flamboyant rival barber Pirelli. Unsurprisingly, he comes to a somewhat grisly ending…

Greek chorus: director Tim Sell’s bold vision for the show includes spooky ‘spectres,’ relentlessly haunting Sweeney Todd.

Wil Neale and Bethany Lea provide stunning vocals as Anthony and Joanna.

The closest I ever gave: evil Judge Turpin, played by Mark Tolchard, settles in for a shave.

Audience feedback includes, “It was as if Helena Bonham Carter were on stage.” Mrs Lovett is delighting audiences at Rugby’s historic theatre, with stunning costume design by Jay Lad.

Watch if you dare: Kate Hays Sawyer with an excellent portrayal of the beggar woman.

More hot pies: unsuspecting Londoners joyfully unaware of the secret ingredient in Mrs Lovett’s famous meat pies (featuring Aaron Evans as Tobias, second from left).

Sweeney Todd runs until 4 November at Rugby Theatre. Forthcoming events from Rugby’s town centre venue include Jay20 – Concert for Jamie; advert-free films throughout November; and the family panto Cinderella (19-28 January). See

1 commentaire

01 nov. 2023

I was a member of the Theatre, more years ago than I care to admit, well alright in the 60’s and early 70’s. We used to produce some memorable productions then, it really is a joy to see that what started way back in the late 40’s goes from strength to strength. Long may it continue. My best wishes to all and especially any that are left who remember me

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