SWEENEY TODD, THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
Pieter Toerien and KickstArt present Jonathan Roxmouth and Charon Williams-Ros in Stephen Sondheim’s masterful Musical Thriller!
Set in 19th century England, the musical tells the story of Benjamin Barker, alias Sweeney Todd, who returns to London after 15 years’ transportation on trumped-up charges, to take revenge on the judge who banished him.
FRIDAY 19 FEBRUARY TO SATURDAY 09 APRIL 2016
Mon – Thu @ 8pm | Fri @ 8.15pm | Sat @ 4.30pm & 8.15pm | Sat 20 & 27 Feb @ 8.15pm only
Running Time: 2 hrs 30 min, inclusive of a 20 min interval
Children under the age of 5, including babes in arms, not permitted.
PG. Age Recommendation: 12+
INDIVIDUAL TICKET PRICES
TUESDAY @ 8PM
Reserve A: Rows C to H, AA 1 – 15, BB 1 – 16 and CC: R295pp
Reserve B: Rows A, B, J, BB 17 – 20 and DD: R195pp
Reserve C: Rows EE, FF and AA 16 – 19: R 95pp
WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY @ 8PM / FRIDAY @ 8.15PM/ SATURDAY @ 4.30PM & 8.15PM
Reserve A: Rows C to G, AA 1 – 15 and BB 1 – 16: R350pp
Reserve B: Rows A, B, H, J, BB 17 – 20 and CC: R250pp
Reserve C: Row DD: R150pp
Reserve D: Rows EE, FF and AA 16 – 19: R125pp
– Through the Box Office @ Theatre on the Bay on 021 438 3300 | 021 438 3301, ext 17
– At any Computicket outlet, including the Shoprite/Checkers money market counters
– Through the Computicket Call Centre on 0861 915 8000 (65c/min)
– On www.computicket.com
There is no dinner/theatre package but the three-course dinner in the Sidedish Theatre Bistro can be pre-booked separately at R225pp including VAT but excluding gratuity. Alternatively, a table in the restaurant can be reserved through the theatre’s Box Office on 021 438 3300 | 021 438 3301, ext 17. You can then order a la carte from the menu and pay on the night.
Valid until Saturday 02 April, subject to availability of reduced price tickets
Wednesday to Saturday. In the top price seats only: Rows B to H, AA 1 – 15 and BB 1 – 16. 20 or more people: R75 off the R350 tickets – pay just R275pp. 40 or more people: R100 off the R350 tickets – pay just R250pp. Book with Tracy Cahill on 021 438 3301, ext 11 / email@example.com.
Functions, Corporate Events, Birthdays, Get Togethers
The Bill Flynn VIP Room on the second floor of the theatre, overlooking the bay, is available for groups of up to 50 people standing, catered for by the Sidedish Theatre Bistro. The venue hire is R1 000 + 14% VAT. The Sidedish Theatre Bistro seats up to 70 people and can accommodate up to 100 people standing. There is no additional venue hire. Book for 20 + people with Tracy Cahill on 021 438 3301, ext 11 / firstname.lastname@example.org
60+ years. Tuesday and Wednesday @ 8pm and Saturday @ 4.30pm in Reserve A and B seats: R150pp
Book at any Computicket outlet on presentation of ID. These tickets cannot be booked on-line or by ‘phone. For groups of twenty + senior citizens @ R130pp contact Tracy Cahill on 021 438 3301, ext 11 / email@example.com.
Up to and including matric. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday @ 8pm. Groups of twenty or more scholars only – contact Tracy Cahill on 021 438 3301, ext 11 / firstname.lastname@example.org:
> For twenty or more scholars: R120pp
> One teacher for every ten scholars: R120pp
> Additional teachers | parents providing transport (within reason): R150pp
> Groups of teachers only, valid for 20 or more people: R160pp
> Any extra parents pay full price or the block booking rate if booking for 20 or more people.
Including visiting international students. Tuesday and Wednesday at 8pm: R120pp in Reserve A and B seats
Book at any Computicket outlet on presentation of a valid student card.
Groups: Tuesday and Wednesday @ 8pm – contact Tracy Cahill on 021 438 3301, ext 17 / email@example.com:
> For twenty or more students: R120pp
> One lecturer for every ten students: R120pp
> Additional lecturers | staff (within reason): R150pp
> Groups of lecturers only, vald for 20 or more people: R160pp
Exclusive Books Fanatics Members
Valid in Reserve A seats only. 20% reduction: R236 for R295 seats. R280 for R350 seats
Book on presentation of member number > at the Theatre on the Bay Box Office on 021 438 3300 > the Computicket Call Centre on 0861 915 8000 (65c/min) or any Computicket outlet. These tickets cannot be booked on-line.
Reduction on a full house of 256 seats. Contact Tracy Cahill on 021 438 3301, ext 11 / firstname.lastname@example.org for available dates and prices.
9 October – 29 November
Wed – Fri @ 8pm, Sat @ 4pm & 8pm, Sun @ 3pm
Season has ended (@ 18 Jan)
CAPE TOWN MARCH 2016
“In die panteon van gode van die musiekblyspel is die voorste een ongetwyfeld die komponis en liriekskrywer Stephen Sondheim. Sou jy bewyse soek, kyk maaar net na sy trofeekas vol Tony-, Grammy- en Oscar-pryse, en selfs ‘n Pulitzer. Sondheim se werk vereis sterk akteurs wat kan sing en die produksie van Sweeney Todd wys SA talent.” Marina Griebenow – Die Beeld
“Williams-Ros and Roxmouth’s chemistry is a wonderfully dark and tangled energy, well suited to the thriller’s twists.” Theresa Smith – Cape Argus
JOHANNESBURG OCTOBER 2015
“A worthy, timely and brilliant staging – vivid, dazzling and unforgettable. You will walk out in awe of the power of its musical score and fascinating lyrics. A superb production – moody, darkly amusing and hypnotizing. See it at all costs! It is mesmerizing!” Leon van Nierop – artslink.co.za
“Musiekspel hou jou op punt van jou stoel. Die regisseur Steven Stead het reggekry wat enige gehoor van hom sou verwag – en die staande toejuiging is ’n bewys daarvan.” A J Opperman – Beeld
“It’s the most thrilling time you’ll spend in a theatre. Before even finishing this review, start loading the Computicket page to book your tickets online – because this is a must see. Magnificent and macabre – it will leave you mesmerised long after you have left your seat.” Adriaan Roets – The Citizen
“Full-throated and in fine demonic form, Sweeney Todd is a must-see, delicious in its unrelenting dark humour. A real achievement … non-stop entertainment. Everyone shines in their roles.” Robyn Sassen – My View
“I was totally seduced by Steven Stead’s production. I don’t think that you could walk away from this superb production without being moved, awed and frankly, a bit shell-shocked. Should you see it? If you want to see great musical theatre, then the answer is YES!” Chris Avant Smith – B Sharp Entertainment
“Triumphant. Spine-chilling, explosive drama. The show received the most uproarious and spontaneous standing ovation I have ever heard, which says it all.” The Daily News
“Of a standard that would sit very comfortably on any stage anywhere in the world. Stead and his excellent team have done Sondheim and South African theatre mighty proud.” The Mercury
“A triumph of technical and artistic skill. This fascinatingly gruesome Victorian melodrama unfolded like a dark flower, petal by bloody petal and swept us all along in the tide of its rampant energies.” Going Places SA
“A razor-sharp tale of vengeance and true love. It’s also a production that theatre-goers simply cannot afford to miss.” The Witness
Music and Lyrics By Stephen Sondheim . Book By Hugh Wheeler
Presented by Pieter Toerien and KickstArt . Directed by Steven Stead . Designed by Greg King . Costume Design by Neil Stuart Harris . Lighting by Tina Le Roux . Musical Direction by Rowan Bakker . Sound Design by Mark Malherbe.
Sweeney Todd / Benjamin Barker – morose and vengeful; a barber by profession who returns to London after fifteen years of unjust incarceration in an Australian penal colony to seek revenge first on the corrupt judge who sent him there, and then on all his clients.
Mrs. Lovett – a cheerful, talkative, but wholly amoral shopkeeper; Todd’s landlady, enamored of him.
Judge Turpin – a corrupt judiciary official who becomes infatuated with Lucy Barker and later with her daughter, Johanna.
Anthony Hope – a young, naïve sailor who befriended Todd on the voyage home and who falls in love with Johanna Barker.
Johanna Barker – Todd’s beautiful young daughter, claimed by Judge Turpin as his ward.
Beadle Bamford – Turpin’s right-hand man and accomplice.
Beggar Woman – a mad crone whose interjections go unheeded, eventually identified as Benjamin Barker’s wife, Lucy.
ANNE MARIE CLULOW
Adolfo Pirelli / Daniel O’Higgins – an Irish charlatan and former employee of Benjamin Barker’s who has since developed a public persona as a flashy Italian barber. He attempts to blackmail Todd.
Tobias Ragg – a simpleton who works first for confidence-man Pirelli and then for Mrs. Lovett, but does not trust Todd.
JACO VAN RENSBURG
Chorous / Various Characters
Soprano 1 … PAULINE DU PLESSIS
Soprano 2 … CLAIRE SIMONIS
Mezzo 1 … CANDICE VAN LITSENBORGH
Mezzo 2 … MEGAN RIGBY
Tenor … SCHOEMAN SMIT
Baritone 1 … WESLEE SWAIN LAUDER
Baritone 2 … LUCIANO ZUPPA
Bass … EARL GREGORY
YouTube trailer by CANNED RICE PRODUCTIONS.
The Ballad of Sweeney Todd – Company
No Place Like London – Todd, Anthony and Beggar Woman
The Barber and His Wife – Todd
The Worst Pies in London – Mrs. Lovett
Poor Thing – Mrs. Lovett
My Friends – Todd and Mrs. Lovett
The Ballad of Sweeney Todd (Reprise) – Company
Green Finch and Linnet Bird – Johanna
Ah, Miss – Anthony and Beggar Woman
Johanna – Anthony
Pirelli’s Miracle Elixir – Tobias Ragg, Todd, Mrs. Lovett and Company
Pirelli’s Entrance – Pirelli
Shaving Scene – Pirelli
Tooth-Pulling Scene – Pirelli and Tobias
The Ballad of Sweeney Todd (Reprise 2) – Ensemble
Johanna (Judge’s Song): Mea Culpa – Judge Turpin
Wait – Mrs. Lovett
Pirelli’s Death – Pirelli
The Ballad of Sweeney Todd (Reprise 3) – Trio from the Company
Kiss Me – Johanna and Anthony
Ladies in their Sensitivities – Beadle Bamford
Kiss Me (Quartet) – Beadle Bamford, Johanna, Anthony and Judge Turpin
Pretty Women – Todd and Judge Turpin
Epiphany – Todd and Mrs. Lovett
A Little Priest – Todd and Mrs. Lovett
God, That’s Good! – Tobias, Mrs. Lovett, Todd and Company
Johanna (Quartet) – Anthony, Todd, Johanna and Beggar Woman
By the Sea – Mrs. Lovett and Todd
The Ballad of Sweeney Todd (Reprise 4) – Company
The Letter – Quintet from the Company
Not While I’m Around – Tobias and Mrs. Lovett
Sweet Polly Plunkett – Beadle Bamford and Mrs. Lovett
Tower of Bray – Beadle Bamford, Mrs. Lovett and Tobias
Sweet Polly Plunkett (Reprise) – Mrs. Lovett
The Ballad of Sweeney Todd (Reprise 5) – Company
Fogg’s Asylum – Company
City on Fire / Searching – Company, Johanna and Anthony/Todd, Mrs. Lovett and Beggar Woman
Ah, Miss (Reprise) – Anthony and Johanna
The Judge’s Return – Todd and Judge Turpin
The Ballad of Sweeney Todd (Reprise 6) – Company
Final Scene – Todd, Mrs. Lovett and Tobias
The Ballad of Sweeney Todd (Reprise 7) – Company
Some fantastic actresses have portrayed Mrs. Lovett:
Stella Rho (1936 film)
Angela Lansbury (1979 Broadway)
Sheila Hancock (1980 West End)
Dorothy Loudon (1980 Broadway)
Beth Fowler (1989 Broadway)
Julia McKenzie (1993 West End)
Joanna Lumley (1998 TV movie)
Patti LuPone (2000 concert, 2005 Broadway)
Elaine Paige (2004 NYC Opera)
Essie Davis (2006 TV movie)
Helena Bonham Carter (2007 film)
Judy Kaye (2007 Canada/U.S. tour)
Imelda Staunton (2012 West End)
Emma Thompson (2014 concert)
SWEENEY TODD, THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET is a musical thriller based on the 1973 play by Christopher Bond. Set in 19th century England, the musical tells the story of Benjamin Barker, alias Sweeney Todd, who returns to London after 15 years’ transportation on trumped-up charges, to take revenge on the judge who banished him.
SWEENEY TODD opened on Broadway in 1979 and in the West End in 1980. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical and Olivier Award for Best New Musical. A major motion picture by Tim Burton, starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham-Carter, Alan Rickman and Sacha Baron Cohen was released in 2007.