This Sunday, The Stephen Sondheim Society will be attending the tale of Sweeney Todd, as recounted by students from the Royal Academy of Music. The Sondheim-Wheeler classic has returned to the Theatre Royal Stratford East – the very theatre where Steve Sondheim saw Christopher Bond’s menacing reworking of the penny dreadful in 1973 and was inspired to the write his musical magnum opus. There, the Academy’s Musical Theatre students will reveal the fruits of their hard work over the past year, accompanied by RAM instrumentalists, presenting both Sweeney Todd and the Stephen Schwartz musical Rags.
“Our performances of Sweeney Todd and Rags will be the culmination of unrelentingly hard work and a lot of talent,” writes Daniel Bowling, Head of Musical Theatre at the Academy. “All of the students in these shows have invested huge time and effort over this past year towards learning their craft and honing their skills as Musical Theatre performers. Their self-sacrifice and artistry will palpably be in full view in these two extraordinary works. Having these wonderful scores played so expertly by Royal Academy of Music instrumentalists is truly inspiring, and performing these iconic productions at the historic Theatre Royal Stratford East, is nothing short of incredible!”
Followers of the Academy on Facebook will have been following the progress of rehearsals. For those who don’t follow, we’ve taken the liberty of presenting here some of the rehearsal photographs (all © Hana Zushi-Rhodes/Royal Academy of Music).
Michael Fentiman director
Torquil Munro music director
Sam Spencer Lane choreographer
Adrian Gee designer
Jack Knowles lighting designer
Mike Walker sound designer
Lawrence Smith Benjamin Barker/Sweeney
Elissa Churchill Mrs Lovett
Ruben Van Keer Anthony
Genevieve McCarthy Johanna
Johan Berg Judge Turpin
Brian Raftery Tobias
Tim Deng Beadle Bamford
Charlotte Clitherow Beggar Woman
Francisco del Solar Pirelli
Viktor Ibrishimov Male Chorus
Elin Williams Female Chorus/Fogg
Becky Harrison Female Chorus
Evelina Jarrebring Female Chorus
Rachel Condon Female Chorus
Booking is now closed for discounted members’ tickets, but seats are still available via the Theatre Royal Stratford East – click here.