This Halloween, Hot Rock Productions presents ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’. Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece, and the definitive ‘Grusical’, don’t miss out on the ultimate theatrical horror experience.
Benjamin Barker is a wronged man. A humble barber who plies his trade on the London thoroughfare of Fleet Street, Barker becomes the victim of corrupt local authority Judge Turpin, and his eerie second in command, Beadle Bamford. After taking a passing fancy to Barker’s wife, Lucy, they firstly abuse their power to have the poor barber deported on false charges, before luring her to the Judge’s house to have their wicked way with her. Turpin casts Lucy out on the street, leaving her for dead, whilst adopting the Barker’s abandoned daughter, Johanna.
Fast forward 15 years, and Benjamin Barker’s empty premises have finally been taken by the mysterious Sweeney Todd, a strangely familiar looking man with a vacant expression in his eye. Business flourishes after a public display of his skill in a contest with the flamboyant Adolfo Pirelli earns him the patronage of Beadle Bamford, and with him, the Judge. Meanwhile, Sweeney’s neighbour Mrs. Lovett’s struggling meat pie business has taken a turn for the better. But just where is she getting her meat from? Will Johanna Barker ever escape from her caged existence in the Judge’s house? And why does Sweeney Todd look so familiar?
With a host of unforgettable characters, Tarantino-esque dialogue and some of Sondheim’s most famous music, including The Worst Pies in London, Johanna, Epiphany and A Little Priest, laughter and jumpiness are guaranteed. And, oh yes, there will be blood!
“I saw Sweeney Todd last night and was blown away by the sheer talent of the cast, professionalism of the production and effectiveness of the show as a whole. Sweeney Todd has been one of my favourites for years so I naturally entered the theatre with high expectations but I wasn't disappointed! All of the cast were incredible - from Sweeney and Lovett to every single member of the ensemble! The choreography was amazing - very effective. The singing was top standard. The orchestra was stunning! An incredible production! You should all be extremely proud!!!”
- F Day
“You absolutely 'killed' it! Amazing voices and performance, great staging and use of the theatre! We loved it!
The casting was brilliant.. Mrs Lovett! WOW, absolutely perfect for the role! Also, sparkles to Pirelli, awesome energy and accents! Sweeney, Joanna and Anthony amazing voices! Congrats all! Great performance!”
- J Gay
Superb performance of Sweeney Todd. Absolutely loved it. Had excellent seats too!
- R Johns