Sweeney Todd // Harrington's Pie & Mash Shop at Barrow Street Theatre 2017

by Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and Hugh Wheeler (book)

 

director: Bill Buckhurst

musical supervisor: Ben Cox

choreographer: Georgina Lamb

lighting designer: Amy Mae

sound designer: Matt Stine

 

photographer: Joan Marcus (except 1: Pari Dukovic, commissioned for The New Yorker)

 

”A wondrous production. The set designer, the original and perfect Simon Kenny, has reinforced the show's depiction of English class distinctions - the many lives spent in service to the few - by creating a pinched, claustrophobic. dimly lit environment. The stage is no more than a runway that surrounds, on all four sides, rows of benches and tables. ” The New Yorker

“Ingenious...the theatre has been reinvented as a dingy pie shop with communal dining tables set up in front of a sinister staircase” New York Times

“For it's off-Broadway run, designer Simon Kenny has transformed the Barrow Street Theatre into an uncanny facsimile of the original setting. The walls are artfully aged in jaundiced yellow mottled with water damage, and rusty air vents serve to expel the acrid smoke wafting up from imagined furnaces in the bakehouse below. A brilliantly conceived Victorian nightmare” Hollywood Reporter

“The clever pop-up set by Simon Kenny is a faithful replica of Harrington's down to the stained glass windows” Variety

“The experience begins well before the first note of the score is played, as theatregoers enter a four-walled, tile-for-tile recreation of one of the oldest pie shops in London" Entertainment Weekly

“The execution of the decor and atmosphere of Harrington's is delicious” New York Magazine

“Thrillingly immersive. Set designer Simon Kenny has lovingly transported Harrington's to New York, down to the hospital green tiles, stained walls and large menu advertising stewed eels” TheaterMania

★★★★★ Time Out

★★★★★ The Stage