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Brian J. Burton

Born in 1922 and died in Worcester on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014. He is best known for "Sweeney Todd the Barber" but produced a huge body between the late 1950's and early 1990's. He had a 44 year directing career at Worcester's Swan Theatre, bookended with productions of Henrik Ibsen, starting with "Rosmersholm" in 1959 and finishing with "A Doll's House" in 2003, both his own adaptions.

In a remarkable career, Burton has been artistic director at the Crescent Theatre in Birmingham and his plays have toured Europe and North America, often premiering at the Swan.

His adaptation of the Drunkard opened in Worcester before spending 18 months in an off-Broadway theatre that had a professional run in Toronto in early 2003.

A performance of the Drunkard by the Droitwich- based Norbury Theatre Company was also the first event ever to be recorded by BBC Pebble Mill, although it was never broadcast.

His other adaptations have included Pride and Prejudice and an outdoor production of a Tale of Two Cities which sold out at Warwick Castle

See for a list of his stage plays.

Plays we've performed

One Month to Pay (1987)