Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet StreetLeft – The cast of Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Photo – Doug Knight

According to Food Standards Australia New Zealand, Australians eat an average of 270 million meat pies per year – that’s around 12 pies each! The authority also reports that for visitors to its website, the main focus of interest in meat pies is not only the quantity of meat within the pie, but also what kind. Of all the slaughtered beasts listed for permitted consumption – none of them are Human, however – some of Australia’s biggest showbiz names are about to break the rules!

For six shows only in both Melbourne and Sydney, legendary leading man Anthony Warlow and the incomparable Gina Riley are teaming up for a barber-ous bake off in Stephen Sondheim’s and Hugh Wheeler’s thrilling musical masterpiece – Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

A tale of vengeance, lechery, exile, murder and dodgy degustation, Sweeney Todd opened on Broadway in 1979 and in London’s West End a year later. Despite its grisly narrative, the show has enjoyed countless revivals across its 40-year history and has featured an extraordinary array of astounding showbiz names. For this bold and imaginative newly staged production, Warlow and Riley will perform alongside a phenomenal collection of local and International talent including recently announced musical icon Debra Byrne in the role of the Beggar Woman, Michael Falzon as Pirelli; and celebrated international bass baritone opera star Daniel Sumegi as Judge Turpin. Alongside this stellar line up in other principle roles will be Anton Berezin as Beadle Bamford, Genevieve Kingsford as Johanna Barker, Jonathan Hickey as Tobias Ragg and Owen Mccredie as Anthony Hope.

Underpinned by a 22-piece orchestra and a stunning scenic design, this extraordinary production promises to be the one of the theatrical events of the year. The palatable buzz and wall of sound produced by the entire company at a recent and exclusive media sneak peek gave a lucky few a taste of what discerning audiences in Melbourne and Sydney have to look forward to.

Just as Food Standards Australia New Zealand require all contents of a pie to be stated on the label; producers TEG Life Like Company have assembled an amazing list of ingredients for an exhilarating treat that’s bound to inspire envy in anyone who dares to miss it – don’t! 

Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street plays Sydney 13 – 16 June, 2019 and Melbourne 20 – 23 June, 2019. Visit: www.lifelikecompany.com

 

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