Stephen Sondheim’s most popular musical tells the tale of Sweeney Todd, aka Benjamin Barker, a previously banished barber who was exiled from London after a corrupt Judge sought to pursue his wife. On returning to London and renting out his old barber shop above a Fleet Street Pie Shop, Todd vows to get revenge on the Judge but first murders a former colleague who threatens to expose his identity. When the pie shop owner, Mrs Lovett, finds out what happened above her shop, she hatches a cunning plan to dispose of the body. Soon, one murder turns into many, and Mrs Lovett’s pie shop becomes scarily successful.
Michael Ball delivers a sterling performance, starring as Sweeney Todd opposite Imelda Staunton as Mrs Lovett. Both actors received an Olivier Award for their performances. Further cast members include Peter Polycarpou as Beadle Bamford, Lucy May Barker as Johanna, John Bowe as Judge Turpin and James McConville as Tobias.
A Chichester Festival Theatre revival, Sweeney Todd transfers to the West End by popular demand. Directed by Jonathan Kent, with designs by Anthony Ward and movement Denni Sayers, Sweeney Todd is famous for Sondheim’s classic score. Including popular musical numbers such as ‘The Ballad of Sweeney Todd’, ‘The Worst Pies in London’, ‘These Are My Friends’, ‘Johanna’, ‘Epiphany’, ‘By the Sea’ and ‘Not While I’m Around’, this musical promises to be a fearsome treat.