Dark musical thriller takes to the stage for Halloween - The Rugby Observer

Dark musical thriller takes to the stage for Halloween

Rugby Editorial 19th Oct, 2023   0

A DARK and witty musical thriller is taking to the stage at Rugby Theatre – just in time for Halloween.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street tells the sinister tale of Sweeney Todd, a barber who returns to London after years of exile, seeking revenge against the corrupt judge who wronged him.

Together with his accomplice Mrs Lovett, the resourceful proprietress of a pie shop, they hatch a diabolical plan to dispatch his victims into her delicious meat pies. But as their killing spree gains momentum, the pair find themselves descending deeper into madness and terror.

The show’s director Tim Sell said: “Sweeney Todd is a dark comedy, with great dramatic moments coupled with laugh-out-loud absurdities.




“At face value, the show is about creative murder above a pie shop – but at its heart it is about what choices you would make for the ones you love, and what sacrifices you would make along the way.

“Sweeney, for example, sacrifices the chance of reuniting with his daughter to get revenge for the death of his wife; Anthony defies the judge to win his sweetheart; and the judge discards his morals for the lust he feels for his adoptive daughter.”


The show’s music and lyrics are written by Stephen Sondheim, regarded as one of the most important figures in 20th century musical theatre.

The music will be performed by a 10-piece orchestra, led by musical director Matt Winkworth in his Rugby Theatre debut. Set design and costumes add to the eerie atmosphere, transporting viewers back to Victorian London.

Tim added: “Audiences can expect love stories, emotional turmoil and hilarious comedy moments. On top of that, the show has wonderful music and memorable tunes, and is a great example of Sondheim’s genius.”

Sweeney Todd runs from October 28 to November 4, with BSL-interpreted performances on November 1 and 3. Visit www.rugbytheatre.co.uk for more information.

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