Production photos of Sweeney Todd at the Chichester Festival Theatre starring Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton

Imelda Staunton and Michael Ball in Sweeney Todd. Photo: Roy Tan

Imelda Staunton and Michael Ball in Sweeney Todd. Photo: Roy Tan

Chichester’s 2011 festival closes this year with a new production of Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical Sweeney Todd.

Leading the cast are two of British Theatre’s biggest names, with distinguished musical performer Michael Ball and Oscar-nominated actress Imelda Staunton starring in the show.

The deliciously dark musical depicts Sweeney Todd’s savage quest for justice and retribution after years of false imprisonment. Aided and abetted by the pie-shop owner, Mrs Lovett, he sets out to avenge the wrongs done to him and his family. Combining a gory sensibility with elements of English music hall, the production offers a fascinating portrait of a man driven to madness by injustice and grief.

Michael Ball plays Sweeney Todd in the show, joined by Imelda Staunton as Mrs Lovett.

The show is directed by Jonathan Kent and designed by Anthony Ward, and runs at Chichester until 5 November 2011.

Photos by Roy Tan.

LINKS

Chichester Theatre website

West End Production: Book tickets to Sweeney Todd at the Adelphi Theatre starring Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton