Sweeney Todd And The String Of Pearls

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0120210314Rosalind Ayres directs a stellar cast in this masterly, rediscovered, horror-thriller. Joanne Whalley stars as Mrs Lovett and Martin Jarvis as barber Sweeney Todd with Rufus Sewell, Jonathan Cake, Julian Sands, Jack Cutmore-Scott, Darren Richardson and Ian Ogilvy. Based on the novel by Thomas Prest.

It's 1785 in Fleet Street, during the reign of George III, with so many secrets and lies. What is the peculiar arrangement between Sweeney Todd and pie-shop owner, Mrs Lovett? What happened to the pearls? They were meant for lovely young Joanna. Is her sweetheart Mark lost at sea? What became of the messenger after entering Todd’s shop? Who is the new cook in Mrs Lovett’s bakehouse?

Can loyal Lieutenant Jeffrey (Rufus Sewell) and investigator Sir Richard Blunt (Jonathan Cake) unravel the dark mystery? A grim humour here - if there are killings, where are the bodies?

Cast:
Mrs Lovett…Joanne Whalley
Sweeney Todd…Martin Jarvis
Colonel Jeffrey…Rufus Sewell
Sir Richard Blunt…Jonathan Cake
Mark…Jack Cutmore-Scott
Tobias…Darren Richardson
Joanna…Moira Quirk
Arabella…Elizabeth Knowelden
Mr Oakley…Julian Sands
Major Bounce…Ian Ogilvy
Mr Grant…Alan Shearman
Morgan/Captain…Neil Dickson
Thornhill/Mundel/Crotchet…Matthew Wolf

Original music: A-Mnemonic

Dramatised by Archie Scottney, based on the novel by Thomas Prest

Director: Rosalind Ayres
A Jarvis and Ayres production for BBC Radio 4

Joanne Whalley and Martin Jarvis lead a stellar cast in this masterly horror-thriller.

0220210321It's the reign of George III. What's going on at Sweeney Todd's in Fleet Street?

Joanna disguises herself and enters the barber's employment as ‘Charley'. Is her sweetheart Mark really lost at sea?

A dark humour enhances outstanding performances from Joanne Whalley as Mrs Lovett and Martin Jarvis as Sweeney Todd. With Rufus Sewell, Jonathan Cake, Julian Sands, Moira Quirk, Jack Cutmore-Scott, Matthew Wolf and Ian Ogilvy.

What will be discovered in the vaults beneath St Dunstan's? Investigator Richard Blunt and loyal Lieutenant Jeffreys aim to protect Joanna. Can Mrs Lovett extract herself from a fearful relationship with Todd? What is the true secret of the barber's shop? Betrayal, blackmail, murder? Is justice possible?

Cast:
Mrs Lovett…Joanne Whalley
Colonel Jeffrey…Rufus Sewell
Sir Richard Blunt…Jonathan Cake
Sweeney Todd… Martin Jarvis
Mark…Jack Cutmore-Scott
Joanna…Moira Quirk
Arabella…Elizabeth Knowelden
Crotchet/Mr Brown/Dr Murphy…Matthew Wolf
Mr Wrankley…Julian Sands
The Judge…Ian Ogilvy
Morgan/Attorney…Neil Dickson
Clerk/Sir Ernest…Darren Richardson
Boatman/Counsel/Fisherman…Alan Shearman
Other parts played by members of the company.

Dramatised by Archie Scottney, based on the novel by Thomas Prest

Director…Rosalind Ayres
A Jarvis and Ayres production for BBC Radio 4

Rosalind Ayres directs an all-star cast in this rediscovered horror-thriller.

Joanne Whalley and Martin Jarvis lead a stellar cast in this masterly horror-thriller.