About the showEmma Thompson and Bryan Terfel star in Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s classic musical, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, at the London Coliseum.
The project marks the first collaboration in a major new long term partnership between the English National Opera and Gradelinnit Company.
Lonny Price directs this semi staged production in which the ENO orchestra, conducted by David Charles Abell, appear on stage beside the cast. This production was originally seen earlier this year in New York where it was produced by the New York Philharmonic at the Lincoln centre with orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick.
Set in Victorian London it tells the story of notorious barber Sweeney Todd who takes revenge on an unjust world by slitting the throats of his customers and with the aid of his dotting land lady, Mrs Lovett, making them into pies to feed to the unwitting populace of London.
Emma Thompson is an award-winning actress, writer and producer. This performance marks her first return to the London stage in 25 years. She is best know for her roles in Howards End, Sense and Sensibility and most recently Saving Mr Banks.
Welsh bass-baritone Brian Terfel is an acclaimed opera singer and has performed in all the great opera houses around the world.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a 1979 musical thriller with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler. The musical is based on a play by Chistopher Bond. The original Broadway production starred Len Cariou and Angela Lansbury and received eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. The London production was awarded with the Olivier for best new musical. The score includes such songs as “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd,” “Not While I’m Around,” “A Little Priest,” and “Pretty Women". The musical was famously adapted into a 2007 film that started Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter in the lead roles and was directed by Tim Burton. The show was last seen in London in 2012 with Chichester Festival theatre’s acclaimed revival starring Imelda Staunton and Michael Ball.
Sweeney Todd opened on the 30th of March 2015 for a strictly limited run of 13 performances.
Who Should See It?Concert fans will appreciate the opportunity to see this classic musical with a full orchestra. Fans of Emma Thompson will also appreciate the rare opportunity to catch her on stage. Please note this show is recommended for ages 12+ due to adult content that some children might find scary.
AwardsTony Awards 1979: 8 awards including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical Best Original Score.
Olivier Awards 1980: 3 awards including Best New Musical