Sweeney Todd's Opening Night

Last night saw the opening night of Sweeney Todd, our widely anticipated whole school production and it did not disappoint!


Involving students from Year 6 up to the Sixth Form, both onstage and backstage, this truly was a musical and visual extravaganza.


Sweeney Todd, otherwise known as the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, is Stephen Sondheim’s grisly musical tale of an East London barber turned serial killer, who murdered his unsuspecting customers before disposing of their bodies in his lover's meat pies. It has been retold over the years by hundreds of theatre companies and many schools choose to produce an edited version. However, in true Kent College style, we have produced the full score with all the gory details!


As with all Kent College productions, teaching staff across various subjects have collaborated on the production along with Drama, Music, and Dance. The costumes have largely been supplied by our own wardrobe and there has been much dying, distressing and grating from the Year 10 Textiles GCSE students, while the principal costumes have been supplied by the Royal Shakespeare Company. There is a considerable amount of signage in the show and Head of Art, Andy Dixon has done a superb job recreating the fonts and colours of 19th Century signs. Not only that but Sweeney requires many unusual props and the Year 7 Food Technology students have surpassed themselves with the brilliant salt dough pies they have made, which look scarily realistic!


The performances will be taking place all week and are largely sold out. It promises to be another hugely successful Kent College production.