Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton in Sweeney Todd at the Adelphi Theatre
On the same day that it is revealed that “Top Hat” will be headed to the Aldwych Theatre in London’s West End in 2012 comes another announcement concerning upcoming shows. It takes the form of “Sweeney Todd”, the Chichester Festival Theatre production of the Stephen Sondheim classic, which is set to land on the stage of the Adelphi Theatre from March 2012.
The Adelphi Theatre has been in the spotlight a lot over the last few years, with “Love Never Dies”, the high profile sequel to “Phantom of the Opera”, choosing the venue as its home right up to its closure this year. The venue is currently the home of “One Man, Two Guvnors”, The National Theatre production that features James Corden in his first stage role since his breakout performance in Alan Bennett’s “The History Boys”. But when that closes audiences headed to the venue will still be able to see some big names take to its stage – namely Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton.
The pair will reprise their roles in “Sweeney Todd” from their appearances at the Chichester Festival Theatre, hoping to continue with the success the show has felt at its former home when it lands in the West End. Not only did it earn positive reviews it also proved to be a popular production.
Imelda Staunton is a well known actress whose work has spanned the stage and the screen, with theatre credits that include “Entertaining Mr Sloane” at the Trafalgar Studios alongside Matthew Horne and “Guys and Dolls” at the National Theatre. She also earned two Laurence Olivier Awards firstly for “A Chorus of Disapproval”/”The Corn is Green” and secondly for “Into the Woods”.
Michael Ball, meanwhile, is a well known singer and musical theatre star whose stage credits include a wide range of musicals between the mid 1980s and the modern day. Though he is known for songs like “Love Changes Everything” he has also appeared in the likes of “Hairspray” at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2007, “The Rocky Horror Show” at the Royal Court in 2006 and “The Woman in White” at the Palace Theatre in 2005, with other famous appearances in “Les Misérables” and “The Phantom of the Opera”.
“Sweeney Todd” is at the Adelphi Theatre from 20th March 2012 (previews from 10th March 2012) to 22nd September 2012.