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 inaugural season will be launched on September 10 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 director Derek Anderson says: “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.”
Twickenham Theatre’s Executive Director, West End producer Tony Green (himself a local resident for 25 years), says: “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.
Sweeney Todd will start previews from 10 September. Press night will be on Tuesday 16 September. Sweeney Todd will run until 4 October, with evening performances Tuesday to Saturday at 7.45pm and matinee performances on Saturdays at 2.30pm and Sundays at 3.00pm.
Casting to be announced in July.
Director – Derek Anderson, Musical Supervision and Staging – Tim Jackson , Set Design – Rachel Stone, Costume Design – Olivia Ward, Sound Design – Joel Price, Casting – Anne Vosser.
Tickets for Sweeney Todd go on sale Friday 20 June, priced from £12.00.
68 London Road
Twickenham TW1 3QS
10th September – 4th October 2014
Press Night: Tuesday 16th September at 7.45pm
Tickets from £12.00
To book tickets visit www.twickenhamtheatre.com
Thursday 19th June 2014