Sweeney Todd

Date 20th September 2012
Society Worthing Musical Theatre Company
Venue The Pavilion, Worthing
Type of Production Musical
Director Jon Henwood-Wardle
Musical Director Helen Emery


Author: Jose Harrison

This was a very brave and ambitious production which wavered between brilliance and near disaster for its outstanding direction and the principal’s superb singing and the over expectations of the ability of the stage crew. What should have been a totally outstanding musical fell short with almost impossible scene changes and an over loud orchestra. The quality of the performances of the ten principals combined with an excellent lighting design and the great ideas of the director saved the day and made this a very special show. I foresee a brilliant future ahead for young Katie Newman (Johanna) whose incredible vocal range must be very rare in one of her age. Sadly I couldn’t see her singing when she sang her first solo as that piece of the set was built in the auditorium which was behind the audience sitting in rows A and B. Her opposite number, Anthony played by Mark Gordon, was shere joy to hear and both of them acted convincingly at all times. Once again Alison Booker proved that she is at her best in comedy roles giving a hilarious performance as the Beggar Woman but the star performer of this very demanding production was Jodie Tappenden as Mrs Lovett. She was superb in every respect captivating the audience with her brilliant interpretation of the bright, cheerful and sexy pie maker.