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Thompson to make Broadway debut

Published 10/10/2013 | 13:41

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Emma Thompson is headed for the Broadway stage

Emma Thompson is set to show off her dark side as she makes her Broadway debut in a new production of Sweeney Todd.

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The Oscar-winning British actress will sing and dance when she stars as pie-maker Mrs Lovett in the New York Philharmonic's staging of Stephen Sondheim's musical thriller, reported Broadway World.

The upcoming role is miles away from her performance as Mary Poppins author PL Travers in Saving Mr Banks, which stars Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and will close the London Film Festival on October 20.

Welsh opera star Bryn Terfel will take the lead role of serial killer barber Sweeney Todd in Lonny Price's production, which will run for five shows at Lincoln Centre's Fisher Hall from March 5 to 8, 2014.

Mrs Lovett has previously been played by stars including Angela Lansbury, Sheila Hancock, Patti LuPone, Helena Bonham Carter and, most recently, Imelda Staunton on the West End stage.

Aside from Saving Mr Banks, Emma - who won Oscars for her roles in drama Howard's End, The Remains Of The Day and In The Name Of The Father - will next share screen time with Pierce Brosnan in The Love Punch.

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