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Jason Manford Joins Sweeney Todd at the Adelphi Theatre

Wednesday, 9th May 2012  

The Comedian Starring Alongside Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton, Whilst Replacing Robert Burt During July

Another casting announcement emerges from the West End as Jason Manford, the comedian best known for his appearances on television shows like “8 Out of 10 Cats”, will be stepping in for Robert Burt throughout July in “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” at the Adelphi Theatre. He will take on the role of Barber Pirelli from Monday 2nd July 2012 to Friday 27th July 2012, whilst Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton retain their leads during the same period.

Manford was originally linked with the project back in March, when it was indicated he would be joining the cast when it opened. Though he did not, he is now confirmed for the brief stint in the summer. In addition to formerly appearing on “8 Out of 10 Cats”, he has also carved out a career as a stand-up comedian with appearances on the likes of “Live at the Apollo” and his own live DVDs. His credits include “Show Me The Funny”, “The One Show”, “Tonightly”, “Shameless”, “Ideal” and “Walk on the Wild Side”, among others, whilst “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” will mark his West End debut.

The production at the Adelphi is one of many shows to transfer to the West End from the Chichester Festival Theatre. Its positive reviews and its popularity with audiences made this inevitable and as a result London theatre audiences got in on the action when it opened in March. It tells the story of Benjamin Barker, aka Sweeney Todd, a man who is released from prison in a false charge and sets out to gain his revenge by recruiting pie shop owner Mrs Lovett and plotting a horrifying plan.

The musical opened at the venue following the transfer of “One Man, Two Guvnors”, which relocated to the Theatre Royal Haymarket with Owain Arthur replacing James Corden in the lead role.

“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” opened at the Adelphi Theatre in March and is set to continue at the venue until Saturday 22nd September 2012.

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