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Toronto: Talk Is Free Theatre brings Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd” to Toronto June 6-July 3

Monday, May 2, 2022

After a three-week pop-up appearance in London, UK, in 2018, TIFT is bringing their steady hands and sharp razors to cheeks and necks in need in Toronto in June.

SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET--Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by Hugh Wheeler. Based on the play by Christopher Bond. Sweeney Todd, whose real name is Benjamin Barker, uses his new alias to resume work in his barber shop above Mrs. Lovett’s struggling pie shop after being wrongfully sentenced to life imprisonment by the corrupt Judge Turpin. After swearing vengeance against the judge that tore his family apart, Todd and Lovett plot a unique plan that helps them both and leads them down a dangerous, thrilling path with deadly consequences.

Directed by Mitchell Cushman, musically directed by Dan Rutzen, and choreographed by Cameron Carver, audiences will experience the haunting, horrible beauty of “Sweeney Todd” as a roving, immersive production inside the Neighbourhood Food Hub at Glen Rhodes Campus—its disparate spaces serving to augment their intimacy with the piece and indeed the characters within it. 

Cast: Michael Torontow as Sweeney Todd, Glynis Ranney as Mrs. Lovett, Noah Beemer as Tobias, Tess Benger as Johanna, Gabi Epstein as The Beggar Woman, Griffin Hewitt as Anthony, Cyrus Lane as The Judge, Jeff Lillico as Pirelli, Andrew Prashad as The Beadle, and Joel Cumber.

Lighting Design: Nick Blais. Costume Design: Laura Delchiaro.

Location: The Neighbourhood Food Hub at Glen Rhodes Campus, 1470 Gerrard Street East, Toronto. Green P parking available on Rhodes Avenue just south of Gerrard Street and on Hiawatha Road, just north of Gerrard Street. Street parking is also available.

Performances limited to a capacity of 44.

This is a promenade style, immersive performance (mobility accessible) that will require the audience to follow the story by actively exploring different parts of the building.

While we are taking provincial health mandates under consideration, due to the intimate nature of the performance we expect to request our audience to be masked and fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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