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The Demon Barber comes to Sydney Opera House

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by Hugh Wheeler

With generous servings of greed, lust, and vengeance, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is coming to the Sydney Opera House this winter from 22 July to 27 August. 

Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Sweeney Todd has thrilled audiences worldwide with its emotive score and compellingly complex characters. Stephen Sondheim’s celebrated music and lyrics, and book by Hugh Wheeler, tell the spine-chilling tale of a barber driven to madness, fuelled by a consuming desire for revenge in this deliciously dark exploration of human nature. 

Stuart Maunder AM’s celebrated production of the classic gothic musical will make its long awaited Sydney premiere after critically acclaimed seasons in Melbourne, Perth, and Adelaide, as well as a New Zealand tour with NZ Opera. Starring Ben Mingay as musical theatre’s most-loved villain, Sweeney himself, and Antoinette Halloran as the madly devoted Mrs Lovett, this diabolical duo will lead an illustrious 18-strong cast and 9-piece orchestra.

Maunder says: “We’ve wanted to bring this musical thriller to Sydney for a very long time, so premiering it at the Sydney Opera House is an experience every bit as thrilling as the musical itself. There’s no doubt that Sydneysiders will embrace this most theatrical tale of horror, which for all its blood and gore, tells a universal human story; revenge, obsession, and lust, yes, but also of pain, yearning, even love.” 

Sydney Opera House Head of Contemporary Performance, Ebony Bott, says: “The tale of the demon barber of Fleet Street has captured imaginations for decades, as we delve deep into the mind of a man pushed to the very limit of his humanity. This production of Sweeney Todd is a gripping night at the theatre sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seat.”

Sydney Opera House presents this Victorian Opera and New Zealand Opera production, directed by Stuart Maunder, and featuring set and costume design by Roger Kirk AM, original lighting design by Philip Lethlean realised by Jason Morphett, and sound design by Jim Atkins.