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Sweeney Todd London Tickets

Sweeney Todd: Terrifying the Stage Once Again

If horror movies were musicals, then "Sweeney Todd" would out-gore them all. This wicked musical has been running for almost forty years. When it first opened on Broadway in 1979, it won the Tony Award for Best Musical, with additional wins in eight of the nine categories for which it was nominated. With its eponymous character taking the moniker "the Demon Barber of Fleet Street," "Sweeney Todd" London tickets offer a terrifying musical that delves into the heart of revenge and madness.

Plot

"Sweeney Todd" is a revenge tale filled with deliciously gory antics. The upbeat music, colourful if deranged costumes, and manic characters accentuate the musical's underlying darkness. Set in 1846, "Sweeney Todd" opens when the eponymous character returns home to London after years of living in exile. Todd was falsely accused of a crime by Judge Turpin, who exiled him in order to pursue Todd's wife Lucy. After all this time, Todd can think of nothing more than making his enemies suffer. Learning that Lucy poisoned herself to escape the Judge's clutches and that his daughter, now named Johanna, is the Judge's ward, he vows he will make the Judge pay. Todd once again sets up establishment as a barber living above Mrs. Lovett's meat pie shop, where he once lived with his wife and baby daughter. In a gory turn of events, Todd realises how both he and Mrs. Lovett can help each other. Todd begins slashing throats he should be barbering, sending the bodies down to Mrs. Lovett to make into her meat pies and boost her poor sales. Amidst this grim situation, Johanna finds love with Anthony, a young sailor Todd befriended on his journey back to London. The two find their lives increasingly interwoven with the violent events taking place on Fleet Street, as they battle the same men who ruined Todd's life and now threaten to ruin Johanna's. Set against the gritty London backdrop of the Industrial Revolution, this musical is not for the faint of heart, but it certainly provides a visual and acoustic feast.

Schedule

The musical comes to the London Coliseum, the city's largest theatre, thanks to the efforts of English National Opera. Whilst several opera companies have staged "Sweeney Todd" in the past, this will be ENO's first time. Between this unique production and the cast involved, "Sweeney Todd" tickets will be sure to sell out.

Trivia

"Sweeney Todd" first appeared on Broadway in 1979, and later in the West End in 1980. It's experienced several revivals, the last being in 2012. That production went on to win the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival. As if this lengthy and storied past didn't put pressure enough on any cast that undertakes the musical's production, its writer, Stephen Sondheim, will be on hand for opening night at the London Coliseum.

Cast

For this latest production, actress Emma Thompson will play Mrs. Lovett and opera singer Bryn Terfel will play the man himself, Sweeney Todd. Both performers have played these roles before on Broadway to immense critical acclaim, and will be reprising them for this London production. Whilst these two performers come to the stage from slightly different backgrounds (Thompson has a lengthy and popular career in film; Terfel comes from the opera stage), they bring a unique take on this bloody musical.

Original Author

Famed Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim wrote the music and lyrics for "Sweeney Todd," which he based on Christopher Bond's play by the same name. Hugh Wheeler wrote the musical's book. The original Broadway cast included such favourites as Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Lovett), Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd),Victor Garber (Anthony), Sarah Rice (Johanna), and Edmund Lyndeck (Judge Turpin). Hal Prince directed this cast, whilst Larry Fuller oversaw choreography.

Producer

English National Opera heads this "Sweeney Todd" production, which promises to be unlike anything else. Playing up the score's underlying operatic elements, ENO appears to be an ideal fit for this particular musical favourite.

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