Sweeney Todd’s Mrs Lovett takes baking tips from The Hull Pie

Published: Sunday 6th March 2016 by Rich Sutherland

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The Hull Pie were brave enough to welcome the infamous Mrs Lovett to their Cottingham Road bakery, in preparation for The Northern Academy of Performing Arts production of Sweeney Todd at Hull Truck Theatre. Mrs Lovett, played by Katie Newton, had a tour of the bakery, learnt how pies were made in the Sweeney Todd era, and made her very own slow roasted lamb and mint Hull Pie. She also had a few baking tips from owner Matt Cunnah ahead of the performance.

Matt said: “It was a bit scary having Mrs Lovett in The Hull Pie bakery. She’s known for the ingredients of her pies, and I certainly didn’t want to end up in one myself!”

The Northern Academy of Performing Arts bring Sweeney Todd to Hull Truck Theatre from Wednesday 30 March until Saturday 2 April following their 2015 sell out production of The Phantom of the Opera.

Largely considered as Stephen Sondheim’s greatest work, Sweeney Todd follows the sinister life of the ‘Demon Barber of Fleet Street’. When Sweeney returns to London as a convict from Australia, he strikes up an unlikely relationship with the proprietor of the worst pie shop in London, the devious and desperate Mrs Lovett. Together they plot his revenge, stopping at nothing to achieve their bloody ends. And the best way to hide the evidence? You might never eat a meat pie again!

A fantastic opportunity to see some of the city’s finest talent in a musical packed full of dark humour, spine chilling music, blood, guts, love and tears.

Katie Newton, playing Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd, said: “It was fascinating to learn how Mrs Lovett might have made and sold her pies back in Victorian London. It really helped me to understand her character better… although I’d definitely rather eat a Hull Pie than one of hers.”

For tickets, please call 01482 323638 or book at www.hulltruck.co.uk

Published: Sunday 6th March 2016 by Rich Sutherland

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