Bottle Tree Productions
The first performance in Kingston!
The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
The School edition
Directed by Anne Marie Mortensen
Choreography by Chelsea Swain
Stage Manager Judy Roberts
The recent Tim Burton movie starred Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter as the partners in gore. Adam Eliot and Hannah Smith lend their gifted voices to the merchants of mayhem. Anton Kaduck is a revelation as the hanging judge. Megan Ready-Walters and her sweet soprano voice makes her the perfect ingénue. The Gothic church that is The Wellington Street Theatre is the perfect environment for Fleet Street and its sordid neighbourhood. Adam Eliot’s Sweeney Todd arrives back in England after being unjustly sentenced for crimes he did not commit. All he ever loved has been taken from him and he is looking for revenge. He falls in with Hannah Smith’s Mrs. Lovett, and between them they go on a murderous spree, which ultimately consumes them in the fires of hate.
Sweeney Todd has been regarded for years more as urban legend than actual real-life flesh and bones. Cheap sordid novels in the early eighteen hundreds chilled and thrilled English readers. Sweeney Todd was the Freddy Kruger, the zombie horde, the vampire of his time. Some evidence exists to suggest that Mister Todd did himself exist. Sondheim and Wheeler have given Sweeney more noble cause for what he is driven to do, more noble than the avarice and greed accorded him by earlier writers, but in the end the result is the same.
Sondheim’s brilliant, complicated music and Hugh Wheeler’s clever script are complicit in providing a great night’s entertainment.
February 25, 26, 27 – Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $15 General admission
At The Wellington Street Theatre, 126 Wellington Street, Kingston, Ontario
Grand Theatre Box Office, 218 Princess Street
Box Office open Mondays-Saturdays from 12 noon to 6 p.m.