The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
A Musical Thriller
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by Hugh Wheeler
From an Adaptation by Christopher Bond
February 16, 18, 20, 21, 2024
Returning to London in search of his family after an unjust exile, Sweeney Todd reunites with his box of razors and soon his barbershop becomes a front for murder. Sweeney’s creative accomplice, Mrs. Lovett, keeps looking to him for something he’s incapable of giving her, love. Through mortal wounds and brilliant melodies, revenge and yearning loom large in this classic Sondheim masterpiece. It’s bloody chaos and a 100% can’t-miss! Just don’t eat the pie. Staged in collaboration with KU Opera and featuring the KU Symphony Orchestra.
This production includes adult themes and violent imagery. It is not appropriate for all audiences. A simulated gunshot and water-based theatrical haze are used in this production.
Directed by Stella Markou
Conducted by Creston Herron
Scenic Design by Dennis Christilles
Costume Design by Knox McClendon
Lighting Design by Ann Sitzman
Stage Management by Jenna Link
Sweeney Todd – Reed Schenkel
Mrs. Lovett – Grace Steiner
Johanna – Madeleine James
Anthony Hope – Colin Bradt
Judge Turpin – Eli Panek
Beadle Bamford – Zach Newkirk
Tobias Ragg – Brandon Heflin
Beggar Woman – Jessi Rhinehart
Adolfo Pirelli – Lei Zhou
Ensemble – Canton Schenk (Sweeney understudy), Hannah Gassman (Lovett understudy), Meg Schilliro (Johanna understudy), Cooper Holmes (Anthony understudy), Parker Bennett (Judge understudy), Caden Moffitt (Beadle understudy), Allison FitzSimmons (Beggar Woman understudy), Seth Bruey, Frannie Cihunka, Callee Harris, Kailun Hu, Samuel Leopold, Natalie Sledd, Dymphna Watkins, Elizabeth Wellman, and Ella Widen
Sweeney Todd is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
- Crafton-Preyer Theatre Seating Chart and information
- KU Musicologist Paul Laird will be giving a pre-show lecture in the Crafton-Preyer Theatre starting 45 minutes before curtain of each performance.
- Infrared hearing-assistive headsets are available these performances. Audio description for the visually impaired may be requested in advance from KU Audio Reader. Visit Accessibility for more information.