Sweeney Todd returns to 19th Century London after wrongful punishment and learns of the perversion and destruction of his family by the corrupt judge that had initially sentenced him. Filled with rage and vengence, he opens up a barbershop and slaughters his customers by slitting their throats. Then together with partner Mrs Lovett, they turn their victims into juicy meat pies.
Director Ben Sheen created some truly innovative theatre with this production of Sweeney Todd. Todd's razors were represented by four black-clad dancers who whirled their way across the stage. The razors slaughter of his victims was represented by the razors spitting 'blood' (strawberry juice) into the faces of the performers, or by slitting their throats by swiping their 'blood' covered hands across their necks.
Ben Sheen also capitalised on the talents of one of the razors (Kelsey Brewer). He used her rhythmic gymnast talents to illustrate the 'Green Finch and Linnet Bird' song with a ribbon dance which was beautiful to watch.
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