• Sweet Charity I'm a Brass Band
  • Carousel, the Rogers and Hammerstein musical
  • Chess the musical
  • Strictly Musicals
  • Crazy for You musical
  • Thoroughly Modern Millie musical
  • Into The Woods by Stephen Sondheim
  • Love Online the Musical
  • Sweeney Todd the musical
  • South Pacific musical
  • Beauty and the Beast the musical
  • Blitz the Lionel Bart musical
  • Strictly Musicals
  • The Sainsburys Singers has a full technical theatre crew and its own front of house volunteers
  • The ballet in Carousel the musical
  • The Sainsbury Singers performing Red Hot and Cole
  • Return to the Forbidden Planet

Show history

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

  • Guys and Dolls
  • Pickwick

2002

  • Evita
  • The Pirates of Penzance

2001

  • Oklahoma!
  • Half a Sixpence

2000

  • Sweet Charity
  • The Merry Widow

1999

  • Iolanthe
  • Annie Get Your Gun

1998

  • Carousel
  • Mame

1997

  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • Me and My Girl

1996

  • My Fair Lady
  • Kiss Me, Kate

1995

  • Call Me Madam
  • The Gondoliers

1994

  • Pirating Pinafore
  • The Pirates of Penzance
  • South Pacific

1993

  • Ruddigore
  • Guys and Dolls

1992

  • Orpheus in the Underworld
  • Calamity Jane

1991

  • The Grand Duke
  • Hello, Dolly!

1990

  • Die Fledermaus
  • Half a Sixpence

1989

  • The Mikado
  • Oklahoma!

1988

  • The Merry Widow
  • Show Boat

1987

  • Merrie England
  • Annie Get Your Gun

1986

  • The Yeomen of the Guard
  • South Pacific

1985

  • La Vie Parisienne
  • The Pajama Game

1984

  • Kiss Me, Kate
  • Carousel

1983

  • My Fair Lady
  • Trial by Jury
  • HMS Pinafore

1982

  • Half a Sixpence
  • Princess Ida

1981

  • Chu Chin Chow
  • La Belle Hélène

1980

  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • Amahl and the Night Visitors
  • Cavalleria Rusticana

1979

  • The Merry Widow
  • The Zoo
  • The Pirates of Penzance

1978

  • Die Fledermaus
  • Oklahoma!

1977

  • Orpheus in the Underworld
  • The Gondoliers

1976

  • My Fair Lady
  • Trial by Jury
  • The Sorcerer

1975

  • La Vie Parisienne
  • The Yeomen of the Guard

1974

  • Faust
  • Utopia (Limited)

1973

  • The Bartered Bride
  • Patience

1972

  • Carmen
  • The Mikado

1971

  • Tom Jones
  • Trial by Jury
  • HMS Pinafore

1970

  • La Belle Hélène
  • Iolanthe

1969

  • Die Fledermaus
  • The Gondoliers

1968

  • Orpheus in the Underworld
  • Princess Ida

1967

  • The Merry Widow
  • Cox and Box
  • The Pirates of Penzance

1966

  • The Vagabond King
  • Ruddigore

1965

  • Bless the Bride
  • The Yeomen of the Guard

1964

  • The Mikado
  • The New Moon

1963

  • The Desert Song
  • Merrie England

1962

  • Perchance to Dream
  • The Gondoliers

1961

  • The Rebel Maid
  • Martha

1960

  • Die Fledermaus
  • Iolanthe

1959

  • The Merry Widow
  • Patience

1958

  • White Horse Inn
  • The Duchess of Dantzig

1957

  • The Arcadians
  • The Gipsy Baron

1956

  • The Yeomen of the Guard
  • The Maid of the Mountains

1955

  • The Quaker Girl
  • Elijah

1954

  • Faust
  • A Country Girl

1953

  • The Belle of New York
  • The Mikado

1952

  • The Desert Song
  • Merrie England

1951

  • Monsieur Beaucaire

1950

  • The Bartered Bride

1949

  • The Gondoliers

1948

  • The Arcadians
  • Tom Jones

1947

  • Merrie England
  • Trial by Jury
  • The Pirates of Penzance

1946

  • The Yeomen of the Guard

1945

  • The Beggar's Opera
  • Iolanthe

1944

  • The Gondoliers
  • The Mikado

1943

  • HMS Pinafore

1942

  • Tales of Hoffman
  • Ladies of Cranford
  • Hiawatha's Wedding Feast

1941

  • Plain Jane
  • The Policeman's Serenade
  • The Dear Departed

1939

  • HMS Pinafore
  • The Pirates of Penzance

Sweeney Todd

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The Sainsbury Singers presented Sweeney Todd at The Hexagon, Reading on 26-30 April 2005.

Sweeney Todd is the alias of a man wrongfully accused of a crime and transported to Australia. The barber returns to Fleet Street, only to find that his wife and daughter have disappeared. Todd's wife, the target of the lust of a judge, was driven to insanity and, he believes, took her own life. His daughter, Johanna, was adopted by the judge who has secret plans to marry her.

Todd meets up with Mrs Lovett, who makes "the worst pies in London", and together they plot his revenge against the judge and a Beadle who assisted the judge in his nefarious plans. Made mad by his anger, Sweeney Todd begins killing as many of his customers as possible, which Mrs Lovett uses for her pies.

Anthony, the young hero of the play falls in love with Johanna and inadvertently thwarts Todd's plans. In classic tragic formula, Sweeney Todd's desire for revenge proves to be his undoing.

"This is Sondheim at his most melodically glorious and verbally acute. The score is captivating and consistently inventive, and just about every song is a highlight". This isn't just a dark gory tale set to music - it is laced with with and humour throughout.

This musical thriller was first staged in New York in 1979, at the Theatre Royal, London in 1980 and the Lyttleton Theatre, London in 1994.

Sweeney Todd was played by Peter Cox and Mrs Lovett was played by Kim Antell. Tobias was played by Dan Groves, Johanna was played by Emma Furnell, and Chris Reeves played the part of Anthony. The Beggar Woman was played by Tricia Hamon. The Judge was played by Nigel Wilson, and The Beadle was played by Rob Latimer. The part of Pirelli was played by Chris Faulkner.

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Reviews

BBC Website

"...the songs, the story and the music shone out in this production. The staging was very competent, with a nice revolving pie shop, working oven and versatile stairs and gantry that provided the metropolitan crowded, bustling feel of London.

The high point of the show though was provided by that juiciest of roles, pie shop owner Mrs. Lovett, played deliciously by Kim Antell. Ms Antell managed the often breathless songs (Worst Pies In London, By The Sea) with tremendous grace and comedy, and managed to apply the suitable veneer of compassion to the character. It's a strange play where the heart lies with the most heartless of characters, Mrs. Lovett and Todd himself who is a cipher, caring for nothing but his single-minded revenge. The secondary love story, between the well sung Anthony (Chris Reeves) and Joanna (Emma Reeves), is entirely secondary and of no real consequence, other than it sets everything in action.

The headlong hurtle of the second act into the depths of tragedy, in which free will is lost and escape is undreamt of, is a great success – this is the easiest part to lost control of in a production, with action taking place in different places concurrently, but the Sainsbury Singers seemed to have especially succeeded with this, to quite devastating effect..."

A F Harrold

Reading Evening Post

"Congratulations to The Sainsbury Singers on their latest production of Sweeney Todd, it really is a delight.

On the night I caught this wonderful performance, it was admirably tackled by musicians and singers alike.

This story is of Todd, superbly acted and sung by Peter Cox, who returns to Victorian London after years in exile seeking revenge.

His wife has taken poison and his daughter has become the ward of his enemy, Judge Turpin (well sung by Nigel Wilson).

Mrs Lovett offers him a chance to restart work as a barber above her pie shop in Fleet Street.

To report what happens next would only spoil the fun. Needless to say, the singing was uniformly excellent but Sondheim's musical also requires accomplished acting...

...Kim Antell was excellent as Mrs Lovett both as an actress and a singer, as was Emma Reeves, as Johanna. I particularly enjoyed the performances of Tricia Hamon and Dan Groves. The main cast was completed by good performances from Rob Latimer and Chris Faulkner.

The staging and lighting were most imaginative and well executed. As always the singing and management of the chorus was extremely good. Congratulations to all, especially the director Wendy Carne and the musical directory Michael Sharman."

Maggi Ellis