ballet suite

Sweeney Todd (ballet)

The ballet Sweeney Todd, Op. 68 by Malcolm Arnold was completed in 1959.

It is a one act ballet based on the legend of Sweeney Todd. The original choreography was directed by John Cranko.

It was first performed by the Royal Ballet on 10th December 1959, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon with the Royal Opera House Orchestra conducted by John Lanchbery.

Concert suites

In 1984 the composer David Ellis compiled a concert suite, Op. 68a from the ballet. The suite was first performed on 19th June 1990 at Bristol University with the University Chamber Orchestra.

A shortened version of the suite was arranged for brass band by Phillip Littlemore. It had its first performance on 22nd October 2006 at the Malcolm Arnold Festival, Derngate in Northampton by the Rushden Windmill Band led by Richard Graves.


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