Top 100 Greatest Musicals Poll – Number 9 – Sweeney Todd

Sweeny Todd - 9th Greatest musical of all time

Attend The Tale to find out how a Victorian penny dreadful became the subject of a play by Christopher Bond which caught the eye of one Stephen Sondheim. Taken with the tale of revenge on a grand and gruesome scale Sondheim started work on what would become the 1979 musical thriller Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler, Sweeney Todd was directed by Harold Prince and would follow their ground-breaking work on Company (1970), Follies (1971) A Little Night Music (1973) and Pacific Overtures (1976). Returning to London after 15 years of exile, a revenge-driven Sweeney is out for blood. Judge Turpin stole his wife, his daughter and destroyed his life. Sweeney teams up with Mrs Lovett, who has a serious problem – she is in need of a supply of fresh meat for her … Read more

Country Musical To Open At Queen’s Theatre

Romford Rose by Chris Bond and Jo Collins to open at Queen's Theatre Hornchurch

The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch will premiere Romford Rose, a new country musical by playwright Christopher Bond and composer Jo Collins. Rose is 18 today, it’s party time in Romford… And it sure looks like that soldier boy Jack is tryin’ to tame this Romford Rose. Well, her Daddy don’t like it, her Mama’s hittin’ the hooch… and it’s only Miss Dolly Parton who seems to understand. So how ‘bout it Rose – you ever gonna make your own music and do what you want? Christopher Bond, who also directs, is the prolific and fantastically inventive writer of many hits at the Queen’s and around the world, including Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street , which was the inspiration for and formed the basis of the Stephen Sondheim musical of the same name, and Alice on the Underground, an imaginative modern take on the Lewis Carroll classics. The Romford … Read more