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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

The vengeful barber of Fleet Street is hitting an iconic Sydney stage this winter, and he's set to deliver all the musical macabre thrills you'd expect.
By Grace MacKenzie
June 05, 2023
By Grace MacKenzie
June 05, 2023

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If you like a side of maniacal vengeance with your stage shows, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is the musical thriller for you. Most know the good-turns-evil story either via Tim Burton's cinematic creation or previous iterations of this very musical — or maybe via the Penny Dreadful serial, which first wrote Sweeney Todd to page. We've got our barber, his dedicated sidekick Mrs Lovett and a whole lot of slashing whereby unwitting folk in need of a trim will meet their violent end. The bloodthirsty story is now hitting an iconic Sydney venue with an all-star cast and celebrated director.

From Saturday, July 22 till Sunday, August 27, Stephen Sondheim's eight-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy-thriller will be wowing audiences in the Sydney Opera House's Drama Theatre. Taking up the titular role is Ben Mingay, the construction-worker-turned-performer whose far-reaching career includes both Packed to the Rafters and Shrek The Musical. Opposite is Antoinette Halloran (Mary and Max, Macbeth, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll), one of the top sopranos Down Under, who takes to the stage and sees that revenge is served warm — deliciously encased in a pie crust, to be specific.

It's all brought to us under the expert eye of prominent Aussie opera and musical director Stuart Maunder.

Along with this starry lineup of talent, a terrifyingly intimate setting has been created too — promising to be the closest shave with a serial killer we hope you ever have.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, A Musical Thriller hits the Sydney Opera House from Saturday, July 22 till Sunday, August 27. For more information, head to the website.

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