The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
The pre-eminent leading man of Australian musical theatre, Anthony Warlow, will be joined by one of Australia’s best-known stage and screen performers, the incomparable Gina Riley, when the pair join forces in this spectacular re-imagined concert version of the musical thriller SWEENEY TODD: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Warlow – Australia’s original Phantom – is set to play the powerhouse ‘demon barber’ Sweeney Todd, while Gina Riley plays landlady and pie-shop owner Mrs. Lovett in Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s 1979 musical masterpiece. Together they bring high-wattage star power to this unique new concert production playing Sydney and Melbourne in June for six performances only per city.
Celebrating the fortieth anniversary of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s ground-breaking work, the production transports audiences into the atmospheric underbelly of nineteenth century London as the exiled barber Sweeney Todd enacts revenge on those who have wronged him.
The casting of Gina Riley in the tragi-comic role of pie-maker Mrs Lovett is sure to be one of the most deliciously-dazzling theatrical turns of the year.
Best known for the hit TV comedy series Kath & Kim, Riley is an accomplished writer, actor, singer, comedian and producer. She recently appeared in Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband for Melbourne Theatre Company. Her musical theatre credits include Matron Mama Morton in Chicago; The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods; Merrily We Roll Along, Falsettos and the role of Janet in The New Rocky Horror Show.
Produced by TEG Life Like Company, known for its acclaimed productions of The Light in the Piazza, City of Angels and Passion, this brand new and innovative staging of Sweeney Todd will reunite a stellar creative team led by Director, Theresa Borg and Musical Director, Vanessa Scammell.
Exclusive to Sydney and Melbourne – 6 performances only in each city.
13 – 16 June: Darling Harbour Theatre, ICC Sydney
20 – 23 June: Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne
Tickets are now on sale from Ticketek.
Official Hospitality Packages will be available from vipnow.com.au
“Sweeney Todd is one of the most exciting and innovative musicals in the genre’s history…” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times