Academy Award-winning actress Emma Thompson returns to the London stage for the first time in 25 years to star in a revival of Stephen Sondheim’s gruesome musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Accompanied by international star Bryn Terfel in the title role, this semi-staged revival features the entire ENO orchestra, and follows previous critically-acclaimed performances at New York’s Lincoln Center.
With a sumptuous score by Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is the well-known operetta that follows a vengeful barber who is set on ending the lives of everyone that ruined his own. A devilishly gory tale, Sweeney Todd sees Benjamin Barker wrongly accused by a sinister judge, who transports Barker to Australia in order to corrupt his wife Lucy. On his return, he adopts the name Sweeney Todd and vows to become a barber – the only way he can ensure that he will be able to slit the throat of the man that wronged him. Soon, Todd is killing left, right and centre, and the bloodthirsty Mrs Lovett begins using the human meat in her pies...
Emma Thompson stars as Mrs Lovett, alongside Bryn Terfel as Sweeney Todd. Terfel has starred in various operas worldwide, whilst Thompson is an acclaimed stage and screen star, with credits including Nanny McPhee, Love Actually and Much Ado About Nothing. Further cast members include Philip Quast as Judge Turpin, John Owen-Jones as Pirelli, Matthew Seadon-Young as Anthony, Katie Hall as Johanna, Jack North as Tobias, Alex Gaumond as Beadle Bamford and Rosalie Craig as Beggar Woman.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street features a score packed full of well-known songs such as “The Worst Pies in London”, “A Little Priest” and “By the Sea”. Directed by Lonny Price (Merrily We Roll Along, A Class Act), Sweeney Todd is conducted by David Charles Abell. Following a hugely successful 2012 revival, starring Imelda Staunton and Michael Ball, the grizzly musical makes its way to London Coliseum for a strictly limited season beginning in March 2015.
Important informationPlaying at: London Coliseum, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES
Performance dates: 30 Mar 2015 - 12 Apr 2015
Running time: 2 hours 50 minutes
Age recommendation: Recommended for ages 12 +
Special notice: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is recommended for those aged 12 and up due to the gory nature of the songs and production. Fans of Emma Thompson will relish this opportunity to see her on stage for the first time in 25 years! Those who adore Sondheim’s score will enjoy this semi-staged version which features the full ENO orchestra.