Showbiz Christchurch presents

Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

October 14–23, 2010

ITR Auditorium


A Musical Thriller presented by Showbiz Christchurch

“A masterpiece of murderous barber-ism and culinary crime”

The date is April 1888, the place is London - and Jack the Ripper is making headlines.... And meanwhile Sweeney Todd, the unjustly exiled barber has returned to infamous and seedy Fleet Street, seeking revenge against the corrupt and lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife.... Todd's thirst for blood soon expands to include his unfortunate customers, with Mrs Lovett, the resourceful proprietress of the pie shop downstairs, making the most of a steady supply of fresh meat, which soon has the people of London lining up in droves for her mysterious new pie recipe!

The rare instance of a musical thriller, Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, is Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's chilling, suspenseful, heart-pounding masterpeice of murderous barber-ism and culinary crime. Sweeney Todd mixes intense drama with howlingly funny moments of dark humour. Lust, revenge, madness and murder - all play their part in this masterful melodrama. And at the show's core is a challenging and sophisticated score of epic proportion with two tasty tour de force roles in Sweeney and his comic female accomplice Mrs Lovett. Staged by Showbiz Christchurch in this year of Stephen Sondheim's 80th birthday, Sweeney Todd will be directed by Sara Brodie, with musical director Luke di Somma. This lavish production will enthrall audiences with outstanding voices, set and costumes, to create a most memorable and thrilling musical theatre experience.