Starring Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton
A wickedly funny tale of love and revenge, Sweeney Todd has been hailed by the Daily Telegraph as ‘a true classic by a true master’.
Jonathan Kent’s thrilling new production of Stephen Sondheim’s award-winning musical features two world class performances from Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton and is not to be missed.
Sweeney Todd – Save over £20 on tickets
We’ve got great seats on offer for just £45.99†, saving you over £20 on the usual top price of £67.50.
But hurry – this offer must end Monday 7 May.
See two world class performances
Michael Ball is Britain’s leading and best-loved musical theatre star. An Olivier Award winner and multi-platinum recording artist, his transformation into the Demon Barber has been called ‘the performance of his life‘ by the Daily Mail.
Oscar® nominee and BAFTA-winner Imelda Staunton is best known for acclaimed performances as Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter films, Miss Pole in Cranford and the title role in Mike Leigh’s Vera Drake. Time Out has hailed her performance as Mrs Lovett as ‘nothing short of astonishing‘.
Don’t miss out on this limited offer – get stuck in to a lip-smacking slice of theatrical pie.
Terms and conditions: † Sweeney Todd ticket offer on top price seats (usually £67.50), now £45.99. Valid for Monday to Thursday evening and Wednesday matinee performances from 30 April – 6 June 2012 only. Tickets must be booked by Monday 7 May 2012. Subject to availability. Prices reflect the purchase price with the booking fee already included. Early booking is recommended.
Sir Cameron Mackintosh, producer and West End theatre owner, has held his top position on the 2012 Sunday Times Rich List based on influencers in UK theatre.
With a fortune estimated at £725 million, up £50m on last year, Mackintosh keeps his Number One position in the theatre list, and 108 in the overall list of Britain’s 1,000 wealthiest people.
The producer is currently working on a big screen adaptation of his most successful musical, Les Miserables, starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and a who’s who of West End stars in smaller roles. His production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera celebrated its 25th anniversary last year and continues to do good business at Her Majesty’s Theatre. His theatre venue business, Delfont Mackintosh, owns 7 West End theatres including the Prince of Wales’ Theatre and Prince Edward.
Andrew Lloyd Webber, in the number two spot, has slipped by £90m to an estimated fortune of £590m. The composer and theatre owner announced last month that he is selling his Palace Theatre, currently home to Singin’ in the Rain, to Nimax Theatres.
At number three we have added Simon Fuller, the entertainment mogul who has made his fortune from the Pop Idol format and also managing pop acts such as the Spice Girls. He is working with Mamma Mia! theatre producer Judy Craymer (see 10) on the new Spice Girls musical Viva Forever!
At five, we have included Daniel Ek. Whilst the Swedish software programmer has no direct connection to London Theatre, his Spotify company is revolutionising the way we listen to music, which includes the way we consume theatre soundtracks and music from West End performers (see our new Free Music section).
Tim Rice comes in at number six with £144m. Rice was honoured this month by the Society of London Theatre with a special Olivier Award for his contribution to theatre. His musicals Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar have both recently opened in new revivals on Broadway, and Lloyd Webber plans another TV talent show later this year to cast a new arena production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
The influence of rock group Queen continues to extend across the theatre rich list, with their musical We Will Rock You about to celebrate its 10th birthday on 14 May 2012 at the Dominion Theatre – and with Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon all appearing in the list.
The Rich List is in contrast to The Stage newspaper’s annual list of the 100 most powerful people in UK theatre, which pegs Ambassador Theatre Group’s Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire in the top spot, and Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh in joint fourth place.
LONDON THEATRE RICH LIST
1. Cameron Mackintosh – £725m
2. Andrew Lloyd Webber – £590m
3. Simon Fuller – £375m
4. Elton John – £220m
5. Daniel Ek – £190m
6. Tim Rice – £144m
7. Brian May – £90m
8. Roger Taylor – £85m
9. John Deacon – £70m
10. Judy Craymer – £63m
Fast hurtling towards “National Treasure” status, Imelda Staunton is the current Queen of the West End as she plays Mrs Lovett alongside Michael Ball’s Todd in the acclaimed new production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd.
Staunton’s star has been in the ascendant for a long time, but a two-year-running stint as host of the Olivier Awards alongside Michael Ball, and a star turn in Sweeney Todd, has positioned the actress as a London Theatre big-hitter.
Starring as Mrs Lovett at the Adelphi Theatre, in Jonathan Kent’s Chichester Theatre production of the show, she has won enormous critical acclaim for her performance.
Imelda’s theatre credits include A Delicate Balance at the Almeida Theatre, much National Theatre work including Guys and Dolls and A Chorus of Disapproval, The Wizard of Oz for the RSC and Into the Woods at the Phoenix Theatre.
Her work in TV and film includes The Singing Detective, Cranford, Vera Drake and the Harry Potter series of movies.
West End Theatre’s leading man Michael Ball returns home in an acclaimed new production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd.
Michael Ball continues to exceed all expectations of what Britain’s leading man of musical theatre should be about.
In what seems like an impossibly long and successful career he has moved from the hot young star of Les Mis and Aspects of Love, to comic master in shows like Hairspray, to his current manifestation as a mass murderer in Sweeney Todd.
Playing Todd at the Adelphi Theatre, in Jonathan Kent’s Chichester Theatre production of the show, Michael Ball has garnered some of the best reviews of his career so far and found a worthy match in his co-star, and fellow Olivier Awards host, Imelda Staunton.
Ball’s career highlights include playing Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, Hajj/The Poet in Kismet, Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience, Count Fosco in The Woman in White, Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Passion, Aspects of Love, The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables.
Following his turn in Sweeney Todd, and his almost unrivalled power to guarantee a full-house, we expect a whole new chapter of work from Ball in the next few years.
TV’s Poirot returns to the West End stage in Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterpiece, Long Day’s Journey into Night.
David Suchet is back in the West End – and at the Apollo Theatre – to play James Tyrone in Eugene O’Neill’s powerful drama Long Day’s Journey Into Night.
Acting alongside Laurie Metcalf, the production is directed by Anthony Page.
Set in 1912, the play is a riveting view of the life of James Tyrone (David Suchet), Mary Tyrone (Laurie Metcalf) and their sons, Jamie (Trevor White) and Edmund (Kyle Soller) during one fateful summer’s day.
David Suchet last appeared in the West End in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons at the Apollo Theatre in 2010, alongside Zoe Wanamaker.
The stars of Ghost The Musical have recorded a cover of Gotye’s Somebody I Used To Know.
Mark Evans and Siobhan Dillon, who play the lead roles of Sam and Molly in the hit West End show, have recorded a new version of Belgium/Australian musician Gotye’s Number One song Somebody That I Used To Know.
The show, which is based on the Oscar winning movie that starred Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze, opened at the Piccadilly Theatre last summer and also stars Sharon D. Clarke as Oda Mae Brown and Andrew Langtree as Carl.
Ghost The Musical is directed by Matthew Warchus (Deathtrap, La Bete), with music and lyrics by legendary pop and rock writers Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard (writer of Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror). The show features the classic song from the movie, Unchained Melody.
Ghost The Musical stars Mark Evans and Siobhan Dillon sing Somebody I Used To Know
Book Ghost tickets during our 48 hour Sale and save over £25 on top price seats – only £39.50 each (usually £65).†But hurry – this great deal ends on Thursday 26 April at 9.30am. So don’t miss out – book your seats right away.
About the show
Based on the Oscar-winning movie, lovebirds Sam and Molly are mugged on their way home one evening, and Sam is murdered on a darkened street.
Trapped in the form of a ghost between this world and the next, Sam tries to communicate with Molly through a (rather hilarious) phony psychic. What unfolds is a funny and moving story about the power of love.
Why should I see it?
Musicals don’t get much more romantic than Ghost.Especially during its iconic love scene at a potter’s wheel, played out to the strains of Unchained Melodyand made famous in the Oscar-winning film starring Patrick Swayze. So if you want to treat your other half to a date to remember, this is the show to take them to.But what makes Ghost unmissable are its jaw-dropping stage illusions and hi-tech special effects. Characters disappear through doors, fly above the stage and magically vanish before your eyes. You’ve never seen anything like it.
How to book
Book your tickets before Thursday and save over 35% on top seats. But hurry, this is a hugely popular show and there are a limited allocation of offer tickets available.
What more do you need for a heavenly night out?
Terms and Conditions†
48 hour Ghost Sale closes at 9.30am on Thursday 26 April 2012. Offer on top price seats only (usually £65) reduced to £39.50. Valid for all Monday to Friday performances until 8 June 2012. Subject to availability. Prices reflect the purchase price with the booking fee already included. Early booking is recommended.
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April 22, 2012 by WestEndTheatre
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The ultimate feel-good show, featuring the songs of ABBA – Mamma Mia! is now playing at the Novello Theatre in London’s West End.
Over 30 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show!
Writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.
The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone’s having the time of their lives! The show features 27 of Abba’s best known songs including Dancing Queen, Knowing Me Knowing You, Super Trouper and Mamma Mia!
Mamma Mia! originally opened at the Prince Edward Theatre in London on 6 April 1999 (closed 27 May 2004), then moving to the Prince of Wales Theatre (previewed 3 June 2004, opened 9 June 2004, closed 1 Septemner 2012) and is now playing at the Novello Theatre (opened 6 September 2012).
Theatre: Novello Theatre