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Sondheinm's musical noir based on Christopher Bond's play tells the tale of a barber transported for life for a crime he didn't commit so that the Judge and Beadle can have their wicked way with his beautiful wife. Escaping and returning to London under the name of Sweeney Todd he plots his revenge with the help of Mrs Lovett who runs the failing pie shop under his old business. Recognised by a rival who attempts to blackmail him, Todd kills and Lovett, ever one for a bargin, hatches the plot to dispose of the body and make her little business a success - such lovely pies, such tasty gravy. The Captian who brought him home falls for a beautiful girl who, it turns out, is Todd's daughter now the ward (and intended) of the Judge so the planned revenge must be more swiftly enacted - but in his haste Todd, kills more than he intended and no one wins in the end. Age guideline: 12+Performers Michael Ball (Sweeney Todd), Imelda Staunton (Mrs Lovett), Lucy May Barker (Johanna), Peter Polycarpou (Beadle Bamford), John Bowe (Judge Turpin), Luke Brady (Anthony), Robert Burt (Pirelli), James McConville (Tobias), Valda Aviks, Will Barratt, Josie Benson, Emily Bull, John Coates, Daniel Graham, Gillian Kirkpatrick, Robine Landi, Brian McCann, Tim Morgan, Adam Pearce, Vincent Pirillo, Wendy Somerville, Anton Stephans, Simeon Truby, Kerry Washington, Annabel Williams, Aoife Nally.
Music Stephen Sondheim. Lyrics Stephen Sondheim. Book by Hugh Wheeler. Adapted by Christopher Bond. Corporate Sponsor Oldham Seals Group. Corporate Sponsor Baker Tilly. Corporate Sponsor Oval Insurance Broking. Corporate Sponsor Spiritfm. Producer Chichester Festival Theatre. Director Jonathan Kent. Design Anthony Ward. Choreographer Denni Sayers. Lighting Mark Henderson. Musical Director Nicholas Skilbeck. Sound Paul Groothuis.
Stu (05Nov11): This is a great show, only sorry I saw it at the end of its local run, going to have to go to London to see it again when it moves
rob (05Nov11): got to be five stars
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