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Sweeney Todd creative team reunite for reopening of London’s Boulevard Theatre

Artist's impression of the Boulevard Theatre's flexible auditorium
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The creative team behind the 2015 pop-up pie shop production of Sweeney Todd are reuniting for the opening show of the newly restored Boulevard Theatre in London.

Bill Buckhurst will direct the London premiere of Dave Malloy’s Ghost Quartet, which runs from October 24 to January 4, 2020. Press night is on October 31.

Ghost Quartet will run alongside a programme of late-night and Sunday performances of cabaret, improv, jazz, comedy, classical music and poetry.

The show has musical direction by Benjamin Cox, set and costume design by Simon Kenny and movement direction by Georgina Lamb, all of whom worked with Buckhurst on his production of Sweeney Todd, which transferred from a pie shop in Tooting to the West End and New York.

Lighting is by Emma Chapman, sound is by David Gregory and casting is by Will Burton.

Buckhurst said: “I fell in love with Ghost Quartet the first time I listened to it.

“Dave Malloy skilfully weaves together four different stories to create a rich, playful and brilliantly imaginative piece that crosses cities, countries, continents and centuries.

“It’s extraordinarily atmospheric, intimate, haunting and hilarious, with a kaleidoscope of different characters and musical styles, and it’s quite unlike any piece of musical theatre I’ve ever heard before.”

The late-night programme includes Finale, curated by Nadim Naaman, which is a series of evenings that will see artists including Fra Fee, Nathaniel Morrison, Sabrina Aloueche and Claudia Kariuki sing showtunes in the theatre’s cabaret space.

Other highlights include a series of cabaret nights presented with Black Cat Cabaret called After Dark, which will take place on Saturday nights from November 2 to January 4, 2020.

The programme was announced by artistic director Rachel Edwards and Fawn James, who is director of the venue’s owner Soho Estates.

The theatre is reopening after going dark for more than 25 years, since it closed in the early 1990s.

Following a major renovation, it now features a state-of-the-art space that can be configured into seven different auditorium layouts.

Soho’s Boulevard Theatre to reopen after 25 years with ‘revolving’ auditorium

 

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