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Tooting Arts Club to stage Sweeney Todd in London’s oldest pie shop

Harrington's Pie Shop in Tooting.
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London’s oldest pie and mash shop will host a site-specific production of Sweeney Todd next month.

Harrington’s Pie and Mash shop in Tooting will become the setting for Stephen Sondheim’s musical thriller in a production by Tooting Arts Club.

The show runs from October 21 to November 29 and will begin with audiences congregating across the road in a traditional barber shop before moving over to Harrington’s, which opened in 1908, for the performance.

The production will be directed by Bill Buckhurst, who recently co-directed Shakespeare’s Globe’s Globe to Globe Hamlet, with Dominic Dromgoole.

Rachel Edwards, producer for TAC, said: “It has been a long-held dream to do Sweeney Todd at this venue, and I am so pleased that it has been made possible by the generosity of the owners of Harrington’s.

“This project sums up exactly what TAC is about – creating inventive work that is born out of exciting collaborations with people at the heart of the Tooting community.”

Another production of Sweeney Todd is also set to open this month at newly-formed Twickenham Theatre, while it has been reported that a production of the musical, starring Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel, will lead English National Opera’s inaugural musical theatre season at the London Coliseum next year.

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