The Chichester revival of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd starts previews at the Festival Theatre tomorrow night (24 September 2011) ahead of its 6 October opening.

Jonathan Kent's production stars Michael Ball as the Demon Barber of Fleet Street alongside Imelda Staunton as his pie-making partner in crime Mrs Lovett, Lucy May Barker as Johanna, Peter Polycarpou as Beadle Bamford, John Bowe as Judge Turpin, Luke Brady as Anthony, Robert Burt as Pirelli and James McConville as Tobias.

Sondheim’s 1979 Broadway musical, which has a book by Hugh Wheeler, was last seen in London in 2005 in John Doyle’s actor-musician Watermill Theatre revival, which had an extended season at Trafalgar Studios and then at the New Ambassadors, won two Whatsonstage.com Awards and later transferred to Broadway where it won two Tony Awards.

Chichester Festival Theatre recently released rehearsal photos of Sweeney Todd, which runs until 5 November 2011.

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Michael Ball in rehearsal for Sweeney Todd. Photo credit: Catherine Ashmore


Michael Ball & Robert Burt in rehearsal for Sweeney Todd. Photo credit: Catherine Ashmore


John Bowe in rehearsal for Sweeney Todd. Photo credit: Catherine Ashmore


Imelda Staunton in rehearsal for Sweeney Todd. Photo credit: Catherine Ashmore


Emily Bull & Peter Polycarpou in rehearsal for Sweeney Todd. Photo credit: Catherine Ashmore


The Sweeney Todd company in rehearsal. Photo credit: Catherine Ashmore


The Sweeney Todd company in rehearsal. Photo credit: Catherine Ashmore