Charles Spencer, Telegraph.co.uk: "It strikes me as downright perverse that this grisly musical melodrama, which Sondheim specifically set in 1849 and which creates a Dickensian atmosphere of 19th-century London, complete with a beadle and a hellish scene set in a Victorian lunatic asylum, should have been updated to the 1930s. [...] This Sweeney Todd will chiefly be remembered for its stomach-churningly gory razor killings, with blood squirting over the shop, and the thrillingly perverse chemistry between Ball’s terrifying demon barber and Staunton’s deliciously chirpy pie-maker."
Lisa Martland, theStage.co.uk: "Fine support is offered by a strong ensemble, with Gillian Kirkpatrick’s Beggar Woman, James McConville as Tobias and Luke Brady’s Anthony making a particular impression. But the night belongs to Ball and Staunton and to a show that pulls on the emotions other musicals cannot dare to reach."
Michael Coveney, WhatsOnStage.com: "The performances of Michael Ball as the avenging demon barber and Imelda Staunton as a bustling, bravura, pie-eyed Mrs Lovett will remain definitive for a very long time. But I do have qualms, not queasiness, about the musical itself."
More reviews will be added as they appear.