Jason Manford joins Sweeney Todd
As if Sweeney Todd needs more star names to make it one of the most exciting shows in town, comedian Jason Manford is waiting in the wings to take over from Robert Burt as Signor Pirelli as he begins performances from 2nd July for a strictly limited season. Jonathan Kent’s new production opened at the Adelphi Theatre on March 20th this year to rave reviews from critics and audience members. Much of the praise was aimed at Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton in the lead roles of Sweeney Todd and Mrs Lovett. The role of Pirelli has since been played by opera singer Robert Burt who has a wealth of experience in both the opera and musical theatre worlds. He originated the role in the Chichester Festival Theatre production and will continue with the show until Manford takes over at the beginning of July.
Although more famously known for his comedy acts, Manford showed off his singing skills as he won ITV’s Born to Shine – a programme where celebrities put their new taught skills to the test in aid of Save the Children with a rendition of an opera aria. Although he has never formally trained in opera singing, he does have a good, clear voice has gained experience as a singer with a number of different productions. Most recently he made a guest appearance on Tenor Alfie Boe’s ‘Bring Him Home’ tour, flexing his vocal muscles ahead of his West End debut.
Pirelli is the rival ‘Italian’ barber that challenges Todd to a shaving contest in the middle of the London streets. As the two compete, Pirelli recognises Todd as criminal Benjamin Barker, before blackmailing him for a percentage of his earnings. Things get bloody as he becomes caught up in Todd’s scheming, and his assistant Toby can do nothing to help…
Jason will begin performances at the Adelphi Theatre London from 2nd – 27th July, as well as 15th / 18th / 24th August 2012. To book tickets for these dates, please use the search box on the side of this website.