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Sweeney Todd and the String of Pearls Performance

Sweeney Todd and the String of Pearls: An Audio Melodrama in Three Despicable Acts (Dramatized)

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According to legend, Sweeney Todd had his barber shop at number 186 Fleet Street, next door to St. Dunstan's Church, just a few blocks away from the Royal Courts of Justice. On this site, they say, he robbed and murdered more than 150 customers. To dispose of their remains, he carried them through underground tunnels to the bakery of one Mrs. Lovett a few blocks away, where they supplied the stuffing for her meat pies, the favorite mid-day repast of the lawyers who worked nearby and got their shaves from Sweeney Todd. The man you lunched with yesterday could be your lunch today!

The story first appeared in 1846 as a best-selling "penny dreadful", a sensational thriller published in installments. Before the final chapters even had a chance to hit the stands, the first stage version was packing them in at the Royal Britannia Saloon. Since then, there have been numerous stage and literary versions of the story.

This script has been specially commissioned by Blackstone Audio, Inc., based on the original sources of the tale.

©2007 Yuri Rasovsky; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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  • richard clayton
    19/12/07
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    "Very Entertaining"

    I was happily surprised and thoroughly entertained with this title.

    Good stuff.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Caitlín Mitchell
    WA, United States
    16/10/12
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    "Earns its Audies"

    Rasovski's adaptation easily earns its 3 Audie awards. The cast - including Martin Jarvis, W. Morgan Sheppard, and Rosalind Ayres - is superb. The same is true of each musical performance from by Tony Barrand and John Roberts between scenes. I always enjoy the Halloween season, and this macabre story definitely got me in the holiday spirit.

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