Sweeney Todd - Spring 2014

For Spring 2014, the Society took on the challenge of staging Sweeney Todd - the first time this show had ever been performed at the Marlowe Theatre.  This was a tough show to stage, but the hard work was clearly worth it as the production won a regional accolade of excellence from NODA.

The show was directed by Stephen Creswell with musical direction by Steven Wassell, movement direction by Andrew Granville and vocal coaching by Kerry Boyle.

More Reactions to the show...


Aidan Barlow for the KM Group said : "Performers from Canterbury Operatic Society gave a razor sharp performance", complimenting the "gruesome wit and dark humour" of the production and singling out several cast members for their performances.


Stage Corner described the show as "an impressive display of quality amateur theatre", describing it as "pacy" and "compelling to the eyes".


Paul Hendy, producer of the annual Marlowe Theatre panto, commented that "COS have surpassed themselves with this production".


Ben Clark, reviewing for NODA, wrote that "Canterbury Operatic Society performed this show fantastically", praising many elements of the show, including the set, largely built by members of the Society, commenting that "you could not tell that it was not from a professional scenery company." [Download NODA review]

Cast list


Sweeney Todd : Chris Chedzey

Mrs Lovett : Angie Gallone

Johanna : Alice Martin

Anthony Hope : John Rye

Beggar Woman : Bettina Walker

Judge Turpin : Derry Martin

Beadle Bamford : Paul Cook

Tobias Ragg : Jarred Checketts

Adolfo Pirelli : Rob Francis

Jonas Fogg : Colin Epps


Principal chorus


Soprano : Grace Newton

Soprano : Katy Eynon

Soprano : Mariah Young

Alto : Larah Simpson

Alto : Stacey Golding

Alto : Shirley Cook

Tenor : Luc Humphries

Tenor : Rob Francis

Baritone : James Nangle

Baritone : Paul Forder

Bass : Raymond Taylor

Bass : Colin Epps




Angela Bowden

Bill Brand

Eleanor Farley

Leanne Hardy

Nicola Jarrett

Courtney Jones

Sid Moon

Pat Nutter

Maddie Parker

Andy Quickenden-Smith

Sue Southworth

Dress rehearsal photos taken by Matt Ebbage.

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