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409-412 Strand, London WC2R 0NS

Sweeney Todd

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Closed September 22, 2012

In my view, Sweeney Todd is Stephen Sondheim's best show and one of the greatest musicals of all time.

Charles Spencer - Daily Telegraph

Why See Sweeney Todd?

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Sweeney Todd returns - starring Emma Thompson!

Following the success of productions such as this musical of Sweeney Todd, the ENO is behind a a special semi-opera concert version of Sweeney Todd starring Emma Thompson as Mrs Lovett and Bryn Terfel as the demon barber. READ MORE OR BOOK TICKETS HERE ►

Blood, gore, and plenty of laughs

Sondheim's murderous comedy masterpiece, set in nineteenth century London, features some of Sondheim's most intricate and darkest numbers such as 'The Worst Pies In London', 'Epiphany' and 'The Ballad of Sweeney Todd'. Directed by Jonathan Kent, who won Total Theatre's Best Director for his efforts, and starring Michael Ball as the eponymous barber, this production transferred from a critically acclaimed run at the Chichester Festival.

What is Sweeney Todd about?

Based on a little known story 'The String of Pearls' published in a magazine in 1846, Sweeney Todd tells the story of the demon barber who returns to London to find his estranged daughter and vowing to seek revenge for his false imprisonment along with a heinous assault on his wife leading to her suicide.

With the assistance of Mrs Lovett, a pie maker, Todd returns to his trade as a barber at a shop above the pie shop. Recognised and backed into a corner with the threat of blackmail, Todd kills his first victim, and instantly gains a thirst for blood, despatching his victims through a trap door, straight into the kitchen of Mrs Lovett's pie shop, where she uses the corpses as ingredients for her pies. Though Todd's ultimate aim is to get Judge Turpin, the perpetrator of his incarceration and his wife's demise.

Did you know?

The production went on to be nominated for six Olivier Awards, winning three. Best Musical Revival, Best Actor in a musical, and Best Actress in a musical (Imelda Staunton).

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Additional Information


Previews from: 10 March 2012

Opening night: 20 March 2012


Suitable for audiences aged 12+. Parental guidance advised.

Run time

Two hours and 45 minutes including one interval


You may be required to have had a COVID vaccine in order to attend this performance or show proof of a negative test. Please contact the venue directly for more information on this.

Cast and Creative


Michael Ball as Sweeney Todd
Imelda Staunton as Mrs Lovett
John Bowe as Judge Turpin
Peter Polycarpou as Beadle Bamford
Rob Burt as Pirelli
Jason Manford as Pirelli (2 - 27 July)
Gillian Kirkpatrick as Beggar Woman
Lucy May Barker as Johanna
Luke Brady as Anthony
James McConville as Tobias
Simeon Truby as Jonas Fogg
Valda Aviks
Will Barratt
Josie Benson
Emily Bull
John Coates
Danie Graham
Robine Landi
Tim Morgan
Aoife Nally
Adam Pearce
Wendy Somerville
Kerry Washington
Annabelle Williams


Composer/lyricist: Stephen Sondheim
Director: Jonathan Kent
Design: Anthony Ward
Choreographer: Denni Sayers
Lighting Design: Mark Henderson
Musical Director: Nicholas Skilbeck
Orchestration: Jonathan Tunick
Sound Design: Paul Groothuis

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McShane: “Sweeney Todd Adelphi”

Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton; a long with everyone else are brilliant.... more

Mel: “Sweeney Todd”

The performances from the cast were brilliant! Imelda Staunton was hilarious... more

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