Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
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
CAST AND CREATIVE
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
Tobias Ragg Joshua Reckless
Johanna Barker Emma Pettemerides
Beggar Woman Fiona Campbell
West Australian Opera Chorus
West Australian Symphony Orchestra
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.
Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes including one interval
DATES & LOCATION
- Saturday 13 July | 7.30pm
- Tuesday 16 July | 7.30pm
- Thursday 18 July| 7.30pm
- Saturday 20 July | 7.30pm
His Majesty’s Theatre Perth
Sung in English
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.