Sweeney Todd triumphs at Whatsonstage awards

Sondheim production wins five gongs at awards voted for by public, while Tim Minchin, Danny Boyle and Mel C also triumph

If Sweeney Todd reckons his razors are his only friends, Fleet Street's most famous coiffeur should think again after Chichester Festival theatre's production won every prize it was up for at last night's Whatsonstage Theatregoers' Choice awards.

Following a six-month West End run, Stephen Sondheim's 1979 musical took five awards, including best musical revival. Stars Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton took home the gongs for leading musical performances, while director Jonathan Kent and lighting designer Mark Henderson also garnered the most votes in their respective categories.

As is traditional with these awards, which are voted for by the public, it was a good night for the crowd-friendly musical theatre. Tim Minchin and Melanie Chisholm won the supporting musical actor awards for their performances in the arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar
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