Although it has not yet been confirmed how many of these will be directed by Mendes himself, a spokesperson told Whatsonstage.com that it is the intention that he will direct a selection of the productions, which cover new writing, musicals and adaptations of classic films, several co-produced in association with subsidised theatres. Full casting, exact timeframes and venues have not yet been announced.
The key Scamp stage projects currently in evolution are:
Of the half dozen planned film projects also announced by Scamp today, there are several with theatrical links. They include a screen version of Stephen Sondheim’s 1979 musical bloodbath about the demon barber of Fleet Street, Sweeney Todd, adapted by John Logan; Tom Fool, a period thriller about the adventures of a 17th-century court jester, written by playwright and screenwriter Tim Firth (Neville’s Island, The Safari Party, Our House on stage, Calendar Girls, Preston Front on screen); and a contemporary horror film written by playwright Phyllis Nagy (Butterfly Kiss, The Strip, Never Land).
- by Terri Paddock