About the show

Benjamin Barker once had it all; but tragedy, heartache and a brutal act of betrayal lead him into a downward spiral of despair. Determined to avenge his loved ones, Barker returns to London and assumes a new identity, Sweeney Todd “the Demon Barber” of Fleet Street. Together with the deranged pie-maker Mrs. Lovett, he plots his revenge on those who have exiled them to society’s outer margins.

As their twisted plans come to fruition, they find solace in each other’s suffering and in their vengeance; but a looming betrayal may yet lead to their undoing.

“The piece is without doubt one of the most powerful, dramatic and theatrical horror tales ever set to music. And all the more thrilling in that for all its melodrama, blood and gore it tells a very universal human story.”

– Stuart Maunder, Director

A Tony Award-winning work which inspired Tim Burton’s Academy Award-winning film, this is a razor-sharp melodrama that delves into the pitfalls of revenge and will leave hearts racing and spines tingling long after the curtain has fallen.

Cast

Music and Lyrics Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
From an adaptation by Christopher Bond
Originally Directed by Harold Price
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Director Stuart Maunder
Musical Director and Chorus Master Brett Weymark
Set & Costume Designer Roger Kirk
Lighting Designer Philip Lethlean
Sound Designer Jim Atkins

Ben Mingay as Sweeney Todd
Mrs. Lovett Antoinette Halloran
Judge Turpin James Clayton
Beadle Bamford Matt Reuben James Ward
Adolfo Pirelli Paul O’Neill 
Anthony Hope Nathan Stark
Johanna Barker Emma Pettemerides
Tobias Ragg Joshua Reckless
Beggar Woman Fiona Campbell

FEATURING
West Australian Opera Chorus
West Australian Symphony Orchestra

Sung in English

Originally produced on Broadway by Richard Barr, Charles Woodward, Robert Fryer, Mary Lea Johnson, Martin Richard in association with Dean and Judy Manos. Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia). All performance materials supplied by Hal Leonard Australia.
Presented by arrangement with Victorian Opera and New Zealand Opera.

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Interesting Information

AUDIO DESCRIBED SHOW
Thursday 18 July | 7.30pm

Audio Description captures the visual elements of theatre performances by describing the ‘unheard’ aspects which are essential to understanding a story line. This service brings entertainment to life for people who are blind or vision impaired whilst being unobtrusive to the user.

For tickets to the audio described performance please contact Perth Theatre Trust Box Office at 08 6212 9292 or email HMTBox@ptt.wa.gov.au. It is essential patrons advise the booking agent that the audio described service will be required at time of the booking. Tickets for the service can be purchased up to three working days prior to the performance, after which audio described seats which have not been sold will be released to the general public.

SWEENEY TODD PIE COLLABORATION

To celebrate West Australian Opera’s highly anticipated production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, West Australian Opera have collaborated with Mary Street Bakery on a limited edition, Sweeney Todd Pie.

The Sweeney Todd Pie is inspired by the chilling opera about the vengeful barber, Sweeney Todd and his offsider, the deranged pie-maker Mrs. Lovett. As tasty pie fillings have become hard to come by in Victorian London, Mrs. Lovett comes up with a unique solution for her suffering pie business and for the disposal of Sweeney’s countless barbershop victims. This unique filling proves to be a profitable hit for the sinister pair, but it will also lead to their eventual undoing.

As much of a guilty pleasure as its name sake, the Sweeney Todd Pie boasts a tantalising blueberry and blackberry filling that is baked in a delicious sweet puff pastry. The end result is a delicious warming winter pie with an oozing blood red centre; that incorporates the artistry of baking with the artistry of operatic storytelling.

The Sweeney Todd pie will be available to purchase at all Mary Street Bakery stores from Thursday, June 20 to Thursday, July 4.