Sweeney Todd


ISBN: 9781854591081
Author: By Stephen Sondheim, Hugh Wheeler
Publication Date: 14/11/1991
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Extent: 192pp.
Availability: Available


The gruesomely fascinating musical about the ‘Demon Barber of Fleet Street’, one of Sondheim’s greatest hits. From the writing partnership behind A Little Night Music.

Victim of a gross injustice that robbed him of his wife and child, Sweeney Todd sets about exacting a terrible revenge on society: slitting the throats of the customers who visit his barbershop.

But things are getting complicated – a romance has developed with Mrs Lovett, the lady who runs the pie shop next door, and the disappearances are starting to cause concern. With the bodies piling up, Sweeney Todd hits upon a novel idea, and starts passing on his ‘patrons’ to his homely neighbour… Meat pie, anyone?

Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s musical Sweeney Todd opened on Broadway in 1979 and in the West End in 1980. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical and Olivier Award for Best New Musical. It has since had numerous revivals as well as a film adaptation.

‘A masterpiece, perhaps the last truly great American musical. This is, in short, a blood-drenched love letter you are unlikely to forget in a hurry’
Daily Telegraph

‘Sondheim has been inching closer and closer to pure opera, and Sweeney Todd is the closest he’s come yet’

Best Musical, Tony Awards

Best New Musical, Olivier Awards

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