Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Published by Nick Hern Books
In this musical thriller, demon-barber Sweeney Todd exercises a terrible revenge on a cruel world but he does make wonderful meat pies!
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?
This is the full book and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim's musical based on the famous 19th-century melodrama
Sweeney Todd won Best Musical, Best Book (by Hugh Wheeler) and Best Score, as well as five other Tony Awards for its Broadway Premiere in 1979
It has been revived to huge acclaim many times since; most recently in London's West End, in a smash-hit production starring Michael Ball as the eponymous barber and Imelda Staunton as his partner in crime
"Mr Sondheim fearlessly explores psychic caverns where civilized people are not dying to go ... A naked Sweeney Todd stands revealed as a musical of naked rage, chewing up everyone in its path as it spits out blood and tears" ~ Frank Rich, The New York Times
"A work of such scope and such daring that it dwarfs every other Broadway musical that even attempts to invite comparison" ~ Rex Reed, New York Daily News
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