Friday 8 February 2013
Sweeney Todd at Norwich Theatre Royal
Often regarded as Sondheim’s masterpiece of musical theatre, this musical thriller, first produced on Broadway in 1979, tells the story of Benjamin Barker, alias Sweeney Todd, who returns to London after 15 years' transportation on trumped-up charges. He seeks vengeance against his accusers, teams up with a piemaker, Mrs. Lovett, and opens a barbershop above her pie shop. The one thing different about Todd’s barbershop, however, is that no one who walks in for a shave is ever seen again.
Our suspense was held throughout as the 23 piece live orchestra played the magnificent score while on stage the Norfolk and Norwich Operatic Society brought us Sondheim's comic turns and love songs which made this a night to remember. The show moved and thrilled us as The Demon Barber of Fleet Street who first appeared as a Victorian penny dreadful comic story ensured we will be thinking twice before going to the barber's in the near future.