Sweeney Todd
15 - 19 November 2005

Director and choreographer: Ray Jeffery
Musical director: Trevor Defferd

The Haymarket, Basingstoke
Evenings: 7:30 pm, Saturday matinee: 3:00 pm

To coincide with Stephen Sondheim’s 75th birthday in March this year, join us for this powerful musical thriller – a melodrama set on the foggy, menacing streets of 19th century London, featuring the butchering barber of Fleet Street, Sweeney Todd.

In Victorian England, Sweeney Todd has just been released from jail for a crime he did not commit. The former barber has only one thing on his mind: revenge against the corrupt judge who framed him, murdered his wife, and stole his daughter. Teaming up with the larger-than-life Mrs. Lovett, a struggling baker of meat pies, the "demon barber of Fleet Street" cooks up a hilariously macabre plan that fulfils both their needs … but in a very unexpected way! Comedy, tragedy, romance, and madness combine brilliantly in this gripping musical, which won eight Tony Awards in 1979 - including Best Musical.

‘Sweeney Todd’ is often acknowledged as the greatest musical Stephen Sondheim ever wrote – impressive when you consider his list of credits. His first Broadway job was writing the lyrics for ‘West Side Story’. He went on to write music and lyrics for shows including ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’, ‘Company’, ‘Follies’, ‘A Little Night Music’, and ‘Into the Woods’.

His best known songs include ‘Maria’, ‘Tonight’, and ‘Somewhere’ (all from ‘West Side Story’) and ‘Send in the Clowns’ (‘A Little Night Music’). ‘Sweeney Todd’ also boasts a dazzling score, with its songs ‘Pretty Women’ and ‘Not While I’m Around’ brought to a wider public by Barbra Streisand on her Broadway Albums.

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PRESS Reviews

"One heck of an impressively gripping night out for those lucky enough to be in the audience."

The Basingstoke Gazette - Read full review

"From the first stunning tableau; to the final grisly murder, it was all a treat for the eyes and ears."

Newbury Weekly News - Read full review

Production Photos


Sweeney Todd
Robert Wilson

Mrs. Lovett
Tracey Gonzato

Tobias Ragg
Bryn Hughes

Judge Turpin
George Tinsley

Theresa Lunn

Anthony Hope
Stephen Westwood

Beggar Woman
Siobhan FitzPatrick

Beadle Bamford
Gary J. Myers

Signor Adolfo Pirelli
David Allard

Mr. Fogg / Bird Seller
Richard Bond

Three Tenors
Keith Shergold
Olvier Hughes
Pete Chandler

Dawn Wylie
Rachel Glover
Richard Bond
Oliver Hughes
Pete Chandler

Nick Horsey
Tony Ward

Pete Chandler
Simon Waller

Nick Brannam

Other Victims of the Chair
Matt Green
Nick Horsey

Ensemble: Inhabitants of London, crowds and asylum lunatics: Kirsty Bennett, Clare Brown, Elizabeth Flaherty, Lesley German, Katy German, Rachel Glover, Sarah Jeffery, Steve Jeffery, Jack Juniper, Abigail Parsons, Luke Ruffell, Rita Savickaite, Ian "Spud" Smith, Lliz Walsh, Myra Ward, Colin Webb

Creative team

Director and Choreographer
Ray Jeffery

Musical Director
Trevor Defford

Assistants to the Director
Jim Welling, Caroline Stanley

Dance Captain

Production Manager
Simon Waller

Stage Manager
Nick Horsey

Deputy Stage Manager
Peter Brenchley

Fly Crew
Andy Christopher, Beanie Potten, Mike Jacobs, Mike McKeown, Stu Macintosh

Stage Crew
Maurice Berridge, Gareth Davies, Graeme Duncanson, James Farmer, Matt Green, Iain Majcher, Tony Ward

Lighting and Sound
Viking Stage Lighting

Follow Spot Operators
Keith Reynolds, Sam Reynold

Scenery Supplied by
Scenic & Property Hire, South Wales

Props Coordinators
Libby Ruskell, Jo Dell

Wardrobe Mistress
Abigail Parsons

Assistant Wardrobe Mistress
Siobhan FitzPatrick

Homburgs and BATS Wardrobe

Additional Costume Making
Siobhan Chapman, Judith Ifould

"Big Wigs" trading at Edward James Cutting Rooms, Basingstoke

Make-up Mistress
Judith Ifould

Richard Cox and Anthony Mitchell

Marketing and PR Officer
Bryn Hughes

Programme Photographs
Dave Webb

Show Photographs
Jan Brayley

Programme Creation
Bryn Hughes and Keith Shergold

Licensing information

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.  Book by Hugh Wheeler.  From an adaptation by Christopher Bond.  Originally directed by Harold Prince.  Originally produced on Broadway by Richard Barr, Charles Woodward, Robert Fryer, Mary Lea Johnson, Martin Richards in association with Deal & Judy Manos.
Presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited, on behalf of Music Theatre International of New York.

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