When we were in London producing GYPSY on the West End, the city was abuzz about a sold out production of the classic musical SWEENEY TODD, which was getting a much-lauded revival… in a working pie shop. The show had originally opened in Tooting, a working class suburb 20 minutes south of Central London, in the oldest continuously operating pie shop in Britain. The immersive production was the brainchild of the fledgling non-profit theater company, Tooting Arts Club, under the direction of the founder Rachel Edwards.
After snagging a ticket to a performance, jaw on the ground, we immediately began scheming about how to bring the show to New York. We are proud to have partnered with Tooting Arts Club, Jenny Gersten and Nate Koch to bring this mind-blowing production across the pond. Complete with pre-show pie and mash, prepared by the former White House pastry chef, this just as well may be the theatrical event of the season.
“Sondheim’s brooding masterpiece is brought up close and personal in A SHATTERING, UNMISSABLE PRODUCTION.”THE STAGE
“IT SETS THE BAR MIGHTY HIGH for the next time the demon barber comes to town.”FINANCIAL TIMES
“In what might be the boldest move on London’s theatre scene this year, Tooting Arts Club perform Sondheim’s murderous musical in the capital’s oldest pie and mash shop. THE MOVE MAY ALSO BE THE MOST BRILLIANT.”TIME OUT LONDON
“SOAKED IN AN ATMOSPHERE OF THRILLING INTIMACY which suits Stephen Sondheim’s musical so exquisitely.”LONDON EVENING STANDARD
• Based on a Victorian horror story, Sweeney Todd is often considered Stephen Sondheim’s greatest masterpiece.
• Hailed by President Barack Obama as “the Crust Master”, former White House Executive Pastry Chef William “Bill” Yosses will serve as the production’s official pie maker.
• Sweeney Todd was last seen on Broadway in 2005 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre directed by John Doyle. The original production in 1979 won 8 Tony Awards.