Review: Sweeney Todd, Demon Barber of Fleet Street ****

Sweeney Todd, Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Musicals & Opera (horror)

The Space @ Surgeon’s Hall until Sunday 19th August

22.00

**** 4 star 

Almost forty years since Sweeney Todd made its debut on Broadway and ten years since the film came out, and this production is just as good as either of these. Ethereal Theatre returning to the fringe with an iconic musical where Todd’s bloodthirsty world will come alive in a late-night spectacle. A musical period horror tells the tale of Sweeney Todd an English barber and serial killer who murders his customers using a razor, with the help of his sinister accomplice, Mrs Lovett. Todd’s thirst for blood inspires the addition of a secret ingredient into Lovett’s meat pies that has the people of London queuing up for more.

With minimal props used very successfully including the infamous barber’s chair, it’s the energy from the cast that is the success of the show with each musical number performed beautifully no matter what the singing challenge. A dark and chilling atmosphere is created with the perfect amount of black humour. Of all of the cast, Mrs Lovett played by Ciara Waterfield particularly shone through for me perfecting the cunning and obsessive ways of the character.

Two hours without an interval in sauna-like conditions was pretty hard going but despite these flaws the production is enjoyable and all in all fantastic.

If you like musicals, theatre and horror then book your tickets before it’s too late and attend Sweeney Todd.

Fantastic show with powerful acting and amazing singing voices, the cast are mesmerising.

Susan Clark