Whilst the show's West End home may not be a genuine purveyor of pastry - Harrington's Pie and Mash shop in Tooting is undergoing refurbishment, The new 39-45 Shaftesbury Avenue venue had a former life as club and cocktail bar Avalon. Having closed its doors, the venue is being converted into a near perfect replica of the 106 year old Harrington's Pie and Mash Shop, Sweeney Todd's former home and London's oldest functioning pie shop. Whether 39-45 Shaftesbury Avenue follows in the footsteps of its neighbours (it is situated next to The Queen's Theatre which is currently showing Les Miserables) and becomes a full time performance venue following this production remains to be seen. But perhaps the most exciting element of the show is the immersive eating experience: audience members can feast on meat pie and liquor at the candlelit tables from which they watch the action.
Stephen Sondheim's score to Sweeney Todd is astonishing and atmospheric in any setting (Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton brought the true grit of Victorian London to the Adelphi in 2012), but we can't wait to see the demon barber of Fleet Street on Shaftesbury Avenue.
|What||Sweeney Todd, Shaftesbury Avenue|
|Where||39-45 SHAFTESBURY AVENUE, 39-45 SHAFTESBURY AVENUE , London, W1D 6LA | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Piccadilly Circus (underground)|
12 Mar 15 – 30 May 15, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
|Price||£30 - £67.50|
|Website||Click here to book via the Delfont Mackintosh website.|