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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+. A Chichester Festival Theatre ProductionPerformers Michael Ball (Sweeney Todd), Imelda Staunton (Mrs Lovett), Robert Burt (Pirelli), Lucy May Barker (Johanna), Peter Polycarpou (Beadle Bamford), John Bowe (Judge Turpin), Luke Brady (Anthony), James McConville (Tobias), Simeon Truby, Valda Aviks, Will Barratt, Josie Benson, Emily Bull, John Coates, Daniel Graham, Robine Landi, Tim Morgan, Aoife Nally, Adam Pearce, Wendy Somerville, Kerry Washington, Annabelle Williams, Gillian Kirkpatrick, Brian McCann, Vincent Pirillo, Anton Stephans.
Music Stephen Sondheim. Lyrics Stephen Sondheim. Book by Hugh Wheeler. Adapted by Christopher Bond. Producer Playful Productions. Producer Robert G. Bartner. Producer Old Vic Productions. Producer Matthew Mitchell. Director Jonathan Kent. Design Anthony Ward. Choreographer Denni Sayers. Lighting Mark Henderson. Musical Director Nicholas Skilbeck. Sound Paul Groothuis.
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