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Frome Amateur Operatic Society to perform Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

By Somerset Guardian  |  Posted: August 23, 2013

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Frome Amateur Operatic Society will be performing Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, in October and Frome's Memorial Theatre.

Since it was first performed 34 years ago Stephen Sondheim's black comic musical has achieved the rare status of a masterwork by a modern composer that is frequently performed but this will be the first time it has been seen in Frome.

The fifth of six productions in which Sondheim collaborated with Hal Prince in the 1970's, Sweeney Todd is justly considered as a perfect example of its genre, sometimes called opera bouffe, musically and thematically.

Its particular appeal for audiences seems to be its ability to simultaneously disarm and disgust.

The company is having great fun working on this masterpiece but also finding incredibly tough and stimulating.

In fact society chairman, Andrew Carpenter, says it's the most difficult piece he has had to learn, both musically and physically, in his 42 years with the group.

He hopes audiences will come and support this production and be welcomed into the wonderful world of

Please note that this production is recommended for 16 years and over as it contains scenes of a dark and adult nature.

Sweeney Todd runs from October 2 to October 5.

All performances start at 7.30pm and tickets are now on sale at the Memorial Theatre box office by calling 01373 462795.

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