Sweeney Todd Costumes
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Our costumes for Sweeney Todd are made to reflect the periods correctly avoiding the pantomime look which has become our number one goal.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a 1979 musical thriller with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler.It is one of the darkest musicals ever written and has one of the most intricate scores, with costumes to match the dark atmosphere that surrounds the characters of this period. Sweeney Todd is a fictional character who first appeared as the protagonist of the Victorian penny dreadful “The String of Pearls” ( 1846-147).The tale became a staple of Victorian melodrama and London urban legend, and has been retold many times since.
Claims that Sweeney Todd was a historical person are strongly disputed by scholars , although possible legendary prototypes exist.
In the Victorian London, the barber Benjamin Barker is married to the gorgeous Lucy and they have a lovely child, Johanna. The beauty of Lucy attracts the attention of the corrupt Judge Turpin, who falsely accuses the barber of a crime that he did not commit and abuses Lucy later after gaining custody of her. After fifteen years in exile, Benjamin returns to London under the new identity of Sweeney Todd, seeking revenge against Turpin and his accomplice Beadle Bamford.
On arriving in London he meets Mrs Lovett, who owns a failing pie shop and recognises Todd as his real name Benjamin Barker. She quickly tells him his wife Lucy died at the hands of Judge Turpin, who keeps his daughter Joanna locked up as his ward, intending to marry her. As she reveals his shaving razor his arm ‘feels complete again’ and he sets up his barber business above Mrs Lovett’s shop. Seeking revenge leads to murder, and prompted by Mrs Lovett his victims become fresh ingredients for her pies which boost sales .With this plan being successful , all Todd needs to do is try to convince the Judge to sit in his chair!
“If you’re going to do it, do it right”