Ian Burford
Biographical Information
Born 1933
Edinburgh, Scotland
Productions Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as Jacob/Potiphar
Pickwick as Cold Toddy Seller
Dear Anyone
Little Me as Attorney/Yulnick/Preacher
The Sound of Music as Uncle Max
Matador as Don Ramon
Sunset Boulevard as Cecil B. De Mille, Max Von Mayerling
Damn Yankees as Old Joe
Floyd Collins as Lee Collins
Whistle Down the Wind as Boone
Mary Poppins as Admiral Boom/Bank Manager (original London cast)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street as Judge Turpin
Vocal Type Baritone

Ian Burford is a Scottish actor.


Born in Edinburgh, Burford trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and appeared in a number of stage productions before appearing on Dave Allen at Large with the BBC in a regular role. He appeared in a number of classical stage role such as the Prince of Aragon/The Duke of Venice in The Merchant of Venue as well as more varied ventures including Badger in The Wind in the Willows.

In 1990, Burford played a number of different roles in the television series War of the Roses, and continued to make appearances on television, usually in guest roles. His appearance as Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street coincided with a silent role as a priest in the film adaptation.


Training as a singer shortly after receiving his acting qualifications, Burford appeared as a Cold Toddy Seller in the original cast of Pickwick and made a number of character roles in musicals throughout the Eighties, including Uncle Max in The Sound of Music, before originating the role of Don Ramon in Matador and playing both Cecil B. De Mille and Max Von Mayerling in Sunset Boulevard.

Burford also played the elder Joe in the 1997 revival of Damn Yankees, and would appear in the original cast of Mary Poppins as Admiral Boom and the Bank Manager. In 2008, he made an operatic appearance as Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatEdit

  • Joseph's Coat (contains solo lines)
  • One More Angel in Heaven (contains solo lines)
  • Those Canaan Days (contains solo lines)
  • Any Dream Will Do (reprise)
  • Joseph Megamix
  • Potiphar (contains solo lines)

Pickwick (1963)(originated the role)Edit

  • Business Is Booming (contains solo lines)

Dear Anyone (1983)Edit

  • All Rocked Out

Little Me (1984)Edit

  • Goodbye (The Prince's Farewell)(contains solo lines)

The Sound of MusicEdit

  • How Can Love Survive (duet)
  • No Way to Stop It (contains solo lines)

Matador (1991)(originated the role)Edit

Sunset Boulevard (1995)Edit

Cecil B. DeMilleEdit
  • This Time Next Year (contains solo lines)
  • Surrender (reprise)(solo)
Max Von MayerlingEdit
  • Greatest Star of All (solo)
  • Back at the House on Sunset (duet)
  • New Year's Eve (duet)
  • Paramount Conversations (contains solo lines)
  • New Ways to Dream (reprise)(solo)
  • Final Scene (contains solo lines)

Damn Yankees (1997)Edit

  • Six Months Out of Every Year (contains solo lines)
  • Goodbye Old Girl (duet)
  • A Man Doesn't Know (reprise)(duet)

Floyd Collins (1999)Edit

  • Heart 'An Hand (duet)

Whistle Down the WindEdit

  • It Just Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This (solo)
  • Whistle Down the Wind (duet)
  • Whistle Down the Wind (reprise)

Mary Poppins (2004)(originated the role)Edit

  • Precision and Order (contains solo lines)

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2008)Edit

  • The Ballad of Sweeney Todd (contains solo lines)
  • Johanna (solo)
  • Kiss Me (quartet)
  • Pretty Women (duet)
  • The Judge's Return (duet)
  • The Ballad of Sweeney Todd (reprise 7) (contains solo lines)