Sweeney Todd officially opened the New Half Moon Theatre on 29 April 1985.
One of the darkest musicals ever written, Sweeney Todd: A Musical Thriller is the unsettling tale of a Victorian-era barber who returns home to London after fifteen years of exile to take revenge on the corrupt judge who ruined his life. When revenge eludes him, Sweeney swears vengeance on the entire human race, murdering as many people as he can, while his business associate Mrs. Lovett bakes the bodies into meat pies and sells them to the unsuspecting public.
Chris Bond was Artistic Director of Half Moon Theatre on the Mile End Road from 1985-88. He talks about Sweeney Todd, which he wrote as a play in the 1960s and then was adapted by Stephen Sondheim into a musical. As it was set in the East End, he decided it was the right production to open the new Half Moon Theatre on Mile End Road in 1985.
Michael Le Poer Trench was the photographer for many productions at Half Moon Theatre in the mid-1980s. He talks about Sweeney Todd.
Dawn Austwick was the Theatre Manager at Half Moon Theatre in the 1980s. She talks about Sweeney Todd and Stephen Sondheim coming to the theatre to see the production.