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Revenge is tasty for Sweeney Todd. Rehearsal photo by Peter Mould.

Revenge is tasty for Sweeney Todd. Rehearsal photo by Peter Mould.

Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd comes to St Mary in the Castle

Renaissance Theatre, now 10 years old, this week presents Stephen Sondheim’s musical Sweeney Todd in a fundraiser for St Michael’s Hospice. General secretary Kim Sutton explains what waits in store.

Sweeney Todd is the infamous tale of an unjustly exiled barber who returns to Victorian London seeking revenge on the lecherous Judge Turpin who framed him and ravaged his wife.

He slices a chilling path through the city and, together with Mrs Lovett, he cooks up a macabre revenge scheme in this captivating musical – slitting the throats of his customers before passing them on to Mrs Lovett to be turned into meat pies!

His quest for vengeance leads him further and further away from what he once loved, and in the end, it is Todd that causes the destruction of what he once held dear.

It is reputed that Sweeney Todd used to work in a butcher’s shop in the Old Town. Spurned by the girl he asked to marry him, he slit her throat and moved to London – the rest is history.

Steve Corke is undertaking the demanding role of Sweeney Todd, with Kim Sutton as Mrs Lovett. The cast also includes a wealth of local talent, including Dan Regelous as the Judge, Ruby Edwards as Johanna, Luke Baxter as Pirelli, Tyler Seargent as Anthony and Michael Woodhams as the Beadle.

sweeney todd poster 350St Mary in the Castle once again welcomes back Renaissance Theatre, responsible for last year’s Anything Goes. Now celebrating 10 years, Renaissance Theatre prides itself on not only staging quality pieces of work, but also raising funds for St Michael’s Hospice – a cause very close to the company’s heart.


Renaissance Theatre presents Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd St Mary in the Castle, 7 Pelham Crescent, Hastings TN34 3AF. Thursday 16, Friday 17 and Saturday 18 May, 7.30pm, Saturday matinee 2.30pm. Tickets £14.50, under 16s £12.50, group ticket (two adults + two under 16s) £50, plus service charge. Available online or from Hastings Tourist Information Centre, Muriel Matters House, 2 Breeds Place, Hastings TN34 3AA, tel 01424 451 111.

Posted 10:33 Wednesday, May 15, 2019 In: Performance

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