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Get on your Todd to see Sweeney

By Michael McCready

A tasty treat was delivered to Newtownabbey with the showing of Sweeney Todd.

Stephen Sondheim's classic musical drama tells the story of the Demon Barber of Fleet Street and it hit all the right notes on Tuesday night.

Sweeney Todd was the first production at the brand new Theatre at the Mill, and it got the new complex off to a fantastic start.

Peter Corry and Nuala McKeever excelled in the lead roles of the murderous barber Sweeney Todd and Mrs Lovett, respectively.

The scenery was extremely impressive, bringing you back to London in the 1800s and also setting the tone for the play with its dark and moody feel.

The performances were fantastic – bringing the emotion of the characters into song would be a tricky task but was made to look easy.

Chris Vincent was easy to dislike in his role as the tyrannical Judge Turpin and John McManus brought some comic relief in the shape of Signor Pirelli.

The rest of the cast was equally superb and the orchestra did a great job, without ever drowning out the lyrics.

Make sure you get there before its run comes to an end on Saturday, February 13.

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