It has been announced that Les Misérables star Philip Quast will join the previously announced Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson, who lead the cast as Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett, for the English National Opera's production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Further tickets have been released for sale today (7 November 2014) for Lonny Price's production, the first in a major new long term partnership between English National Opera (ENO) and the GradeLinnit Company.
Multi Olivier-award winning Philip Quast will play Judge Turpin. His many UK musical theatre credits include Georges Seurat in Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in The Park with George at the National Theatre, Juan Peron in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita at the Adelphi Theatre and Georges in La Cage Aux Folles for the Menier Chocolate Factory. Quast played Javert in the original Australian cast of Les Misérables as well as in the West End. The New York Philharmonic's semi-staged production of Sweeney Todd as Judge Turpin was Quast's New York stage debut.
The strictly limited run of 13 performances at ENO's London Coliseum begins on 30 March 2015 with press night on 31 March and final performance on 12 April 2015.
Set in Victorian London, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street tells the story of the eponymous barber who seeks vengeance on what he sees as a merciless world by murdering his customers and, with the help of his landlady, the romantically inclined Mrs. Lovett, bakes their bodies into meat pies. Sondheim's score includes "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd," "Not While I'm Around," "A Little Priest," and "Pretty Women."
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