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John Owen-Jones as Pirelli in English National Opera production of Sweeney Todd

John Owen-JonesAfter last performing in the West End in 2011, John Owen-Jones will return to the London stage in March to play the role of ‘Pirelli’ in the English National Opera production of Sweeney Todd.

The critically acclaimed “staged concert” production was a sell-out for its short run at the Lincoln Center in New York last year and will have a strictly limited run of 13 performances at the London Coliseum Theatre from March 30th to April 12th. John will join previously announced stars Bryn Terfel (Sweeney Todd), Emma Thompson (Mrs Lovett) and Philip Quast (Judge Turpin).

The show will be directed by Lonny Price and the musical director is David Charles Abell.

Emma Thompson (Mrs. Lovett) and Bryn Terfel (Sweeney Todd). Photo Credit Chris Lee
Emma Thompson (Mrs. Lovett) and Bryn Terfel (Sweeney Todd).
Photo Credit Chris Lee

Set in Victorian London, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street tells the story of the eponymous barber who seeks vengeance on what he sees as a merciless world by murdering his customers and, with the help of his landlady, the romantically inclined Mrs. Lovett, bakes their bodies into meat pies, which are fed to London’s avid and unknowing populace. Sondheim’s score pays homage to the music of Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann. Highlights include “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd,” “Not While I’m Around,” “A Little Priest,” and “Pretty Women.”

With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler from an adaptation by Christopher Bond, Sweeney Todd received its world premiere at the Uris Theatre on Broadway in March 1979, directed by Harold Prince and starring Len Cariou and Angela Lansbury. The show received eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score, as well as eleven Drama Desk Awards and the Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical.

LISTINGS INFORMATION      
English National Opera, London Coliseum, St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4ES
30 March 2015 – 12 April 2015
Performances: Monday 30 March at 7.30pm
Tuesday 31 March at 7.30pm
Wednesday 1 April at 7.30pm
Thursday 2 April at 7.30pm
Saturday 4 April at 2.30pm
Saturday 4 April at 7.30pm
Tuesday 7 April at 7.30pm
Wednesday 8 April at 7.30pm
Thursday 9 April at 7.30pm
Friday 10 April at 7.30pm
Saturday 11 April at 2.30pm
Saturday 11 April at 7.30pm
Sunday 12 April at 3.00pm
Day seats:  50 seats across the house for every performance will be released at the Box Office for purchase in person on the day of performance at 10am

Box Office: 020 7845 9300
www.eno.org

Tuesday 3rd February 2015

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