Sweeney Todd

ST_POSTER_web9 - 24 August 2014

From the company that brought Durban the dark and smoldering grown-up musical, Cabaret, comes another ground breaking and unmissable theatrical experience by KickstArt: Sweeney Todd.  A regular penny-dreadful, this musical noir thriller by contemporary American musical-theatrical genius, Stephen Sondheim, features one of the greatest musical theatre scores ever written.

It tells the bizarre tale of the outlandish urban legend of Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, who famously murdered his clients in his barber’s chair, where-after his whacky neighbour, and partner-in-crime, Mrs Lovett, turned them into much sough-after meat-pies.  Sweeney Todd looks at what drives a man to this sort of extreme and considers what tragedy lies in his dark and mysterious past.  This gripping, often hilarious, musical features such classic songs as ‘Pretty Women’; ‘Johanna’; ‘Not While I’m Around’; ‘By the Sea’ and ‘A Little Priest’.

Sweeney Todd won both the Tony Award and the Olivier Award when it was first produced in 1979, and is now also a major motion picture by Tim Burton, starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham-Carter, Alan Rickman and Sacha Baron Cohe delicious as the sly fop Pirelli.  This KickstArt production stars Johannesburg musical theatre star, Jason Ralph in the title role, and local favourite, Charon Williams-Ros as Mrs. Lovett. Others in the cast include Lyle Buxton as the strapping young sailor, Anthony, and sweet-voiced Johannesburg soprano, Sanli Jooste as his beloved Johanna. Bryan Hiles plays the simpleton, Tobias, well-loved Durban bass, Richard Salmon returns to the stage as the evil Judge Turpin, Danilo Antonelli (currently on scholarship at Regent’s College, London) makes a flamboyant Pirelli, Katy Moore plays the enigmatic Beggar Woman and Darren King the odious Beadle.

This major theatrical event will be directed by Steven Stead, with set designs by Greg King, costumes designs by Neil Stuart Harris, and musical direction by Shelley McLean and Justin Southey.

Booking is through Computicket. For block bookings of 10 or more, or sold performances and early bird specials, please contact Ailsa Windsor of Going Places: 0832502690 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  It is recommended that no U15s see this production.

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Ticket Details:
Age Restriction No under 10s (V) or babies on laps
Price 8 & 9 August (previews):
All other performances:
Discounts (only available at Computicket outlets or through their call centre (0861 915 8000):
Children (10 to 18 years) and pensioners on presentation of valid card:
R150.00 on the R200.00 price
R130.00 on the R150.00 price
R100.00 on the R130.00 price
No discounts on PREVIEW performances