Sweeney Todd Transfers to the West End
Following a sell-out success at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2011, Jonathan Kent’s acclaimed production of Sweeney Todd transfers to London’s West End for a limited season. Widely acknowledged as Stephen Sondheim’s musical masterpiece, Sweeney Todd stars distinguished musical performer Michael Ball as the eponymous demon barber of Fleet Street and Oscar-nominated actress Imelda Staunton as the devoted Mrs Lovett. The full Chichester Festival Theatre company is expected to transfer to the West End with Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton.
Set amongst London’s seedy side streets and laced with Sondheim’s characteristically brilliant wit and dark humour, the musical depicts Sweeney Todd’s savage quest for justice and retribution after years of false imprisonment. Aided and abetted by the pie-shop owner, Mrs Lovett, he sets out to avenge the wrongs done to him and his family.
Combining a brutal sensibility with elements of the English music hall, the production offers a fascinating portrait of a man driven to madness by injustice and grief.
Sweeney Todd is directed by Jonathan Kent, designed by Anthony Ward and choreographed by Denni Sayers with lighting design by Mark Henderson. The Musical Director is Nicholas Skilbeck, with orchestration by Jonathan Tunick and sound design by Paul Groothuis.