Mark Mowbray

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.In a show that features cannibals, lunatics and a serial killer, Judge Turpin is perhaps the most depraved character of all. Rotten to the core, he invents false charges to transport Benjamin Barker for life, rapes Lucie in a room full of his laughing friends, and attempts to marry his ward Johanna (the girl he seized from Barker and raised from infancy) and confines her to a madhouse when she resists his advances. The Judge’s song “Mea Culpa” shows that Judge Turpin struggles with his own dark impulses and suggests that he is deeply insecure, at least where women are concerned. If these qualities don’t exactly mitigate his depravity, at least they show him to be a conflicted human being. Nevertheless, whatever qualms Turpin has about his dastardly deeds, they never seem to prevent him from pushing further into the muck. In the final moments of his life, he is happily singing in a barber’s chair, secure in the knowledge that he has thwarted the young love of his sixteen-year-old ward/love interest.

Judge Turpin

Judge Turpin
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