"Some of the performances were fantastic, Sarah Vezmar for example as the caged Johanna was brilliant, she never missed a note and her vocal exchanges with John Addison were without doubt the best bits of the evening."
Kieran James, The Good Review
"Sondheim said the musical is primarily a study of obsession, and Newman emphasises the manner in which each of the characters is subject to their particular perversion. Lucy Sierra's set is a form of fetish dungeon in which Ruth Alexander Rubin's impressively sung Mrs Lovett becomes a comely dominatrix; Mark Heenehan's Judge Turpin is a tormented self-flagellator and Sarah Vezmar's Johanna a caged bird with a fondness for feathers."
Alfred Hickling, The Guardian
"The ten-strong cast of actor-musicians do wonderfully well; John Addison sings beautifully as Anthony, Mark Heenehan is as solid as ever as Judge Turpin (the ‘climax’ of his solo scene aside), Ruth Alexander Rubin balances humour and desperation just right as Mrs. Lovett and Sarah Vezmar makes a decent Johanna."
Harry Zing, Chewing the Scenery
"...Sarah Vezmar as Purdy Cat whose singing scales the heights, especially during her version of Cilla Black’s You’re My World, which is as moving and powerful as anything its original singer could create"
Chris High, The Stage, Nov 2009
"Sarah Vezmar is fabulously feline as Purdy Cat"
Laura Davis, Liverpool Daily Post, Nov 2009
"Sarah Vezmar's slinky cat Purdey - named after the New Avengers TV heroine - is delightful and even her death scene is poignant (not usually a panto word)..."
Peter Grant, Liverpool Echo, Nov 2009
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