Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Details announced for Sweeney Todd starring Bryn Terfel & Emma Thompson

Thompson as Mrs Lovett & Terfel as Sweeney
Details have been confirmed for Lonny Price's production of Sweeney Todd starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson at the London Coliseum

This production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s musical thriller makrs the first production in a major new long term partnership between English National Opera (ENO) and the GradeLinnit Company. 

The show runs for just 13 performances between 30th March and 12th April with press night on 31st March. The ENO orchestra, conducted by David Charles Abell, will appear on stage alongside the cast in this semi-staged production.

This production was originally produced by the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center earlier this year, with orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick. Further casting will be announced shortly. 

Tickets for Sweeney Todd are priced between £10 and £125, with 300 seats available at £10 for every performance. Priority booking opens at midday today (16th September 2014) and public booking opens at 10am on 23rd September 2014.

Emma Thompson said: “I can't believe I am being given the opportunity to perform this extraordinary piece once again - this time with the ENO orchestra. And of course to sing with such a talent as Bryn is as good as it ever gets.”

Bryn Terfel said: “Emma and I had a great time performing together in New York and the role itself is such a pleasure to play. So I’m really looking forward to working with Emma and ENO to bring the barber to life again in London’s largest theatre.”

Set in Victorian London, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street tells the story of the eponymous barber who seeks vengeance on what he sees as a merciless world by murdering his customers and, with the help of his landlady, the romantically inclined Mrs. Lovett, bakes their bodies into meat pies, which are fed to London’s avid and unknowing populace. 

Sondheim’s score pays homage to the music of Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann. Highlights include “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd,” “Not While I’m Around,” “A Little Priest,” and “Pretty Women.”

With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler from an adaptation by Christopher Bond,Sweeney Todd received its world premiere at the Uris Theatre on Broadway in March 1979, directed by Harold Prince and starring Len Cariou and Angela Lansbury. The show received eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score, as well as eleven Drama Desk Awards and the Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical. 

Photo Credit: Chris Lee

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