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But where does the tale of the butchering barber originate?It has long been assumed that Todd’s fictional exploits were based on a true story.An unlikely Broadway hit in 1979, blending elements of comedy and horror, it introduced the character to the United States, garnered legions of fans and ultimately made a relatively obscure piece of London folklore world famous.Yet, in the UK, we have always enjoyed the antics of this particular monster in film, television and theatre – Ray Winstone took the title role in a BBC version as recently as 2006 – and discerning visitors to our metropolis can even enjoy a Sweeney Todd ‘attraction’ at the London Dungeon.Todd, a Fleet Street barber, surreptitiously murders his clients and their corpses are profitably made into delicious meat pies by his obliging neighbour, Mrs Lovett. He is, moreover, probably one of London’s most enduring villains.In recent years, Sondheim’s portrayal of Todd has done much to keep his name alive.
) from the throats of Depp’s victims, choreographed to Sondheim’s soaring score.
In the unlikely event you’re unfamiliar with the Sweeney Todd story, the plot can be summarised succinctly. Todd is, of course, a Victorian serial killer, though his exploits predate that very modern label.
Many people are still convinced that Todd’s crimes were as real as those of Jack the Ripper. The story begins in the 1830s with one Edward Lloyd, an enterprising publisher of ‘penny dreadfuls’ who aimed his cheap weekly serials squarely at the working poor.
Titles like ‘The Calendar of Horrors’ and ‘Varney the Vampire’ (a famous blood-sucking fiend, 50 years before Dracula) give some idea of his subject matter.
’ exclaims the pie-maker Mrs Lovett in Stephen Sondheim’s musical ‘Sweeney Todd’, as she spies the murderous barber’s first victim.
Tim Burton’s film adaptation, featuring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, certainly delivers that: bloody raindrops dripping over the opening credits; a carmine tide in the city’s sewers; blood gushing (and how!