Published: Friday 7th Oct 2016
Written by: Abi Radford
The Demon Barber of … Fleet Street
As I entered the theatre I was transported back to late 18th century London. The set was beautifully simple, offering the viewer insight into the split level bakery and barber shop where most of the action took place. At times the audience became a prop in the set as the actors moved through us which made the show feel ever so real. The stage was dimly lit with spotlights accentuating poignant moments in the plot - none more important than the red glare that accompanied the death of each of Mr Todd’s victims. The storyline was, as we all know and love, a simple tale of love, loss, and murder with humorous moments woven throughout.
There was no happy ending to this tale yet the warm feeling after having seen a brilliant performance resonated as I left. The music was enthralling and the songs cleverly funny, the actors were tremendously believable, and the theatre itself was uniquely different and humbling. Housed in the body of an ex-methodist church, 88 London Road is Brighton’s only professional producing theatre. The atmospheric cafe-bar area was the perfect setting for a post production drink and I admired how welcoming a space it was. This production, as well as the theatre it was performed in, could not be recommended enough.
Sweeney Todd is being performed at 88 London Road until the 29th October. Advance tickets are £20. See the website for more information or to book. https://88londonroad.com.