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SWEENEY TODD The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

presented by The National Youth Music Theatre

Tuesday 3 to Friday 6 August 2010 at Village Underground, Shoreditch, EC2A 3PQ - Box Office 08448 717 675

from an adaptation by Christopher Bond with book by Hugh Wheeler, will be presented by the National Youth Music Theatre.

After fifteen years in exile, barber Benjamin Barker returns to London with a new name - Sweeney Todd – and a desire for vengeance. He hunts the man responsible for his misery, Judge Turpin, and soon discovers his old landlady, the pie maker Mrs Lovett, on the trail.....

The musical numbers of this multi award winning musical include ‘My Friends’, ‘Johanna’, ‘Kiss Me’ and ‘Not While I’m Around’ and ‘The Worst Pies In London’.

The company of 60 will be directed by Martin Constantine. He has recently directed at the ENO, ‘Norma’ at Grange Park Opera, and ‘Worms’ by Lucy Kirkwood for the RSC at Wilton’s Music Hall. The musical director is Jeremy Walker, director of music at Westminster Under School, who is also founder-director of the acclaimed chamber choir Voyces. The design is by Mark Friend whose designs include ‘Nation’ at the National Theatre Dec 09 and the design associate is Holly Seager. The movement director is Sarah Redmond who was choreographer for the West Yorkshire Playhouse ‘Sondheim Gala’ and for Propellor’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Lighting design is by Jonny Milmer who also created the lighting for last year’s NYMT production of Howard Goodall and Melvyn Bragg’s ‘The Hired Man’.

Jude Law is delighted to become patron of the National Youth Music Theatre. He credits the NYMT as his earliest training.

'The National Youth Music Theatre has a very special place in my affections. I've many fond memories of my time spent with the company and I'm thrilled to be supporting them and the next generation of theatremakers, particularly with NYMT's exciting plans for the future.'

He first performed with the award-winning company alongside Jonny Lee Miller in 1987 aged 14, in ‘Bodywork’ by Richard Stilgoe with music by Tony Castro directed by Jeremy James Taylor at the Edinburgh Festival.

Jeremy James Taylor, founding director of the NYMT, received an OBE in this year’s New Year’s Honours List. NYMT alumni include Idris Elba who has just been seen in the title role of the BBC crime series ‘Luther’: Eddie Redmayne who has received a Tony Award for his performance in ‘Red’ on Broadway: Ben Barnes who will be in Sebastian Faulks's Birdsong in the West End in September and played the title role of Prince Caspian in ‘The Chronicles of Narnia and in ‘The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’: and Konnie Huq, Blue Peter presenter, who will be the new presenter of ITV’s The Xtra Factor. Tom Chambers is the first patron of the NYMT and the NYMT president is The Earl of Wessex.

Perfs: 3rd – 6th August 2010 7.30pm. Thursday and Friday Matinee 2.30pm.
Tickets: £15 adults, £12.50 concessions.
(Running time 2 hrs 20 mins)
Box Office: 08448 717 675 Ambassador Tickets bking fee.

23 August 2010