Lowry Theatre, Manchester
14-18 May 2013
Reviewed by Brian Grehan
As I had never considered musical theatre to be an attractive night's entertainment I was less than impressed when I said I would attend this production as the normal reviewer was taken ill. How wrong was I! All I can say about Sweeney Todd at the Lowry Theatre in Salford Quays is BRILLIANT!
All Saints Musical Productions' version of the demon barber of Fleet Street is superb! Everything that goes into the show adds to it. From the costumes to the make-up from the fantastic musicians hidden away in the pit to strong chorus from the clever use of lighting that kept the stage changes to a minimum everything enhanced an excellent production.
I must however state that for me the undoubted star of the show is Beth Hughes who plays Mrs Lovett brilliantly. Her character drives the show forwards. She compels Mr Todd to his dastardly crimes and lives off the profits! She also brings comedic value to her performance without which the production would have lacked something.
Credit must go to the director of the show for bringing this performance out in Beth. I will keep an eye out for her future roles. The first half of the show was a bit lacking in blood-letting but the second half more than made up for that! I was very impressed by how they achieved the throat slitting and blood-letting. Very gory, a must for any fan of this show!
A definite recommendation from this reviewer and I will go to another production again. As long as Beth Hughes is in it!
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