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New London theatre launches with Sondheim's Sweeney Todd

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

LONDON’S fringe theatre scene is set to get bigger with the launch of the 100-seat Twickenham Theatre in West London.

Located just one minute from Twickenham rail station and served by 12 bus routes and free local parking, Twickenham Theatre is a flexible performance space that will be both a producing and receiving house.

The theatre’s inagural season will be launched on September 10, 2014, with an intimate in-house production of Stephen Sondheim’s Victorian musical, Sweeney Todd, a story of gory revenge by a razor-wielding madman.

It will be co-produced by Twickenham Theatre and West End producer David Adkin.

Sweeney Todd will be directed by Derek Anderson, who said: “By setting the production in the intimate confines of Twickenham Theatre’s fascinating space with a cast of just nine and some clever staging, we can present Sondheim’s grizzly masterpiece as the claustrophobically close, blood-curdling, musical thriller it truly is; and enable the diabolical intricacy of Sondheim’s lyrics to come to the forefront.”

Sweeney Todd will have musical supervision and staging by Tim Jackson, set design by Rachel Stone, costume design by Olivia Ward and sound by Joel Price. Casting will be announced in July.

Twickenham Theatre’s Executive Director, West End producer Tony Green (himself a local resident for 25 years), said: “Twickenham has not had any arts and entertainment venues available to production companies for over 250 years. By offering a new dedicated venue for quality theatre and other entertainment we can give locals the opportunity to experience some of the West End on their doorstep – and Londoners a reason to come to Twickenham – we’re only 20-minutes by train from Waterloo!”

As well as being a producing theatre, Twickenham Theatre will provide a flexible rehearsal, performance and event space for visiting productions, entertainment artists, event bookers and local community groups. The theatre is equipped with excellent technical infrastructure to support the most demanding of requirements.

Dates: September 16 (previews from September 10) to October 4, 2014.

Tickets: from £12 – available online at www.twickenhamtheatre.com/.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.45pm, with Saturday matinees at 2.30pm and Sunday matinees at 3pm.

Twickenham Theatre, 68 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 3QS