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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Tooting Arts Club)

Members say: Great singing, Great staging, Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining

About the show

Tooting Arts Club's immersive staging of Sondheim and Wheeler’s iconic musical thriller transfers from London to NYC's Barrow Street Theatre. Now starring Tony nominee Carolee Carmello.

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After being wrongfully imprisoned by the corrupt Judge Turpin, escapee Benjamin Barker uses the alias Sweeney Todd to resume work in his barber shop above Mrs. Lovett’s struggling pie shop. He swears vengeance against the judge that tore his family apart, and hatches a plot with Mrs. Lovett that leads them down a dangerous, thrilling path with deadly consequences. Instead of a traditional theater setting, this revival is set inside a 360-degree replica environment of Harrington's Pie & Mash shop. The action takes place downstairs on and around the shop’s service counter and four nearby tables. While there is no formal audience participation, certain seats are very close to the players. Pie and mash is served beginning one hour prior to each performance.

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See: Critics' Reviews | Members' Reviews

The New York Times

"Delivers on its ingenious, if limited, objective...This 'Sweeney' may raise your pulse rate....Yet unlike almost every previous 'Sweeney' I’ve seen, this one rarely penetrates your heart and mind. What we’re presented with is a self-contained, darkness-steeped spook house. And as with many amusement park entertainments, the jolts it elicits leave few aftershocks...It allows you to squeeze your partner’s arm in delighted anxiety, without paying the price of insomnia to come." Full Review


"Carmello is a revelation as Mrs. Lovett, unlocking the comic potential in one terrifyingly determined character...Lewis compensates with a velvety baritone that is able to express all the musical nuances in the score, even when there is nothing nuanced about his acting...Buckhurst's inventive staging makes us believe that any story can be told in any space with enough imagination." Full Review


“A thrillingly immersive revival, which takes an already great musical and turns it into a heart-pounding visceral experience…Secomb combines the efficient physicality of a remorseless killer with a truly lovely singing voice…Director Bill Buckhurst excels at drawing out suspense and tension in his staging…Tooting Arts Club's production is full of such memorable surprises. It pulls us into the heart of the story like no other musical playing in New York right now.” Full Review


"The voices of the cast are uniformly robust. Secomb’s piercing glare and growling baritone give the demon barber the kind of sex appeal that makes mincemeat of a lusty lady like Mrs. Lovett...This tight-knit company, some of whom have been with the show since it originated in Tooting, also has a flair for the show’s undercurrents of black humor...All in all, this cheerily gory show is great family fun — if your family happens to be the Munsters." Full Review


"A chance to see two top-shelf singer/actors, Norm Lewis and Carolee Carmello, transform a production that opened as an amusing Grand Guignol melodrama into a deeply moving and gorgeously sung evening of thrilling musical theatre...Lewis gives full value to Sondheim's music...His Sweeney Todd isn't a madman, but rather an emotionally wounded human driven to madness...Carmello draws you in with her character's absurd self-effacing humor and breaks your heart." Full Review

Time Out New York

"Sondheim and Wheeler’s killer-cannibal musical cuts a fine figure with a mostly new cast...In the title role, Norm Lewis is glum in repose but comes scarily alive when prowling through the audience, and Carolee Carmello is a vicious, hilarious marvel as his amoral and clingy accomplice, Mrs. Lovett. Even if you've seen 'Sweeney' many times already, Carmello makes it worth revisiting: She's giving a meaty, delicously human star performance." Full Review

New York Magazine / Vulture

"The gimmick, and the close quarters it entails, make this the most frightening 'Sweeney Todd' I’ve seen...The director Bill Buckhurst frequently has his cast bellowing in a space that doesn’t require it. It’s very effective, if at a cost to beauty...The score is a marvel of ingenious counterprogramming. That’s what makes the thrills thrill. The new production unfortunately flattens some of these effects...Still, when a production gets more than halfway there, it’s plenty. This one does." Full Review

New Yorker

“Sondheim’s mid-career masterpiece…‘Sweeney Todd’ is filled with so much wonder that, especially when you have a cast and a director as talented as those involved in this London import, it can temporarily erase the memory of the cynicism or knowingness that informs so many other current productions..The actors perform without mugging. Their characterizations are organic, and they open Sondheim’s brilliant lyrics up to a new freshness: their interpretations are those of actors, not stars.” Full Review

The Huffington Post

"The terrific, pint-sized, meat pie & mash production of 'Sweeney Todd' has gotten terrificker, to coin a nongrammatical but pretty much accurate adjective...Altogether enhanced by the presence of a pair of strong-singing Broadway vets...The slight weakness of the production when it opened, for me, was the Lovett; good enough, but lacking the glazed insanity that need lurk near the surface of the character. Carolee Carmello shows us how it should be done!" Full Review

The Huffington Post

"This is a pint-sized production of the Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler opus...Sondheim’s piano score for the musical is richly vibrant and as played by musical director Matt Aument, thoroughly and thrillingly fills the room...Yes, I prefer the full Jonathan Tunick treatment; but it wouldn’t work, or fit, here...The engagement seems to be an instant hit...This pie-shop 'Sweeney Todd' makes a tasty rendition of Sondheim’s masterwork, and serves up the show with style and thrills." Full Review

Time Out New York

“This high-concept staging is a bloody wonder…Bill Buckhurst and a hugely talented cast make this site-specific 'Sweeney' seem as natural as pie and mash…In this claustrophobic environment, the horror and madness is palpable…The sonic joys of Sondheim’s richly woven score and the Grand Guignol shocks of this primal tragedy are almost unbearably intense...This thrilling, overwhelming 'Sweeney' is a full-course meal: hot from the oven and dripping blood." Full Review

Lighting & Sound America

"In this environment, and with such a gifted company, the musical's rattling terrors and jet-black comedy are felt with a power that, for me, recalls the electrifying effect of the original, still one of the top five experiences I've had in four decades of theatregoing...Everything in Buckhurst's production is infused with imagination...Buckhurst makes judicious use of audience interaction without ever undermining the show's savage viewpoint, its cruel and sinister jokes." Full Review

Theater Life

"A radical staging shift does not diminish its power...Places the thrilling its most logical setting—a meat pie shop—and the results are deliciously devilish...Buckhurst uses the intimate setting to create a terrifyingly close experience...Music director Matt Aument and his trio manage to impart the lushness of Sondheim’s complex and gorgeous score...Jeremy Secomb is probably the most frightening Sweeney you’ll ever see." Full Review

DC Theatre Scene

“Secomd as Sweeney Todd and Siobhán McCarthy as Mrs. Lovett are two of the four holdovers from the London production, and their simultaneously chilling and hilarious performances are reason enough to make this a must-see show…The other four cast members are welcome additions for the New York transfer…This production of ‘Sweeney Todd’ somehow feels seminal.” Full Review

Front Row Center

"The intimacy of the space is captivating. The actors move in and about the tables and customers. The fourth wall comes down with a flourish and then pops back up again...These actors march through the story like an army on the move. They take no prisoners, and make you sit up and pay attention, not only through their intimacy, but through their plain old skill. This is an ensemble that cares as much about each other as they do about the story...This production is magic. Pure and fine." Full Review

The Hollywood Reporter

“As a concept, it holds together remarkably well…All these clashing sentiments burn bright in an accomplished ensemble combining London holdovers with newcomers…The urgency and immediacy of its storytelling make it a terrific introduction to a glittering musical by a composer at the peak of his powers, and also an invigorating new spin for audiences who know and love this brilliantly conceived Victorian nightmare.” Full Review

AM New York

"The pie shop concept is cute at first, but 'Sweeney' is a heavily-plotted drama that involves many different locations. This production is awkwardly staged...At its best, 'Sweeney' can be terrifying, mesmerizing and sweeping, but this production sacrifices the storytelling and score for the sake of a gimmick. The cast is decent but not noteworthy." Full Review

New York Daily News

“The show is intimate, inventive and as in-your-face as it gets...Reprising lead roles, Jeremy Secomb brings unblinking intensity as the titular throat-slitting barber, while Siobhan McCarthy is deftly daft as the baker who grinds victims into meat pies. Amid the atmosphere, narrative clarity can come out underbaked. Who’s that? Wasn’t the oven over there? And in a musical about justice, the singing doesn’t always do that to the majestic score.” Full Review


“While I am no fan of these mini-Sondheims, there are many pleasures to recommend this revival, adroitly staged by Bill Buckhurst in Simon Kenny’s uncanny setting. Atop the menu are Jeremy Secomb, truly, mesmerizingly terrifying in the title role…The other roles are superbly cast as well…Benjamin Cox’s arrangements for trio have their charms, but power doesn’t figure in the mix...This 'Sweeney Todd' provides delectable finger food when what you really want is the full meal.” Full Review

Front Mezz Junkies

“Piping hot and tasty is this inventive revival…Once the lights go out, the show kicks in with full force. From the first note sung, we know we are in for a solid fantastic meal here…This production is filled to the brim with great voices, creativity, and a perfectly cast group of actors. Not one bad ingredient in the lot…The whole production is more fun and startling, rather than dark and moody which works so well in the environmental set-up." Full Review


“Brilliantly inventive…Director Bill Buckhurst's approach is great fun…Everything about this propulsive staging works beautifully...A bigger orchestra could hardly top the effectiveness of this production's chamber sized threesome…None of this clever immersiveness would work without a cast who can deliver on all counts. And the Brits who pioneered the London hit do so with flying colors, as do the Americans who have now joined them.” Full Review

The Huffington Post

“The excellent company work the crowd as is now the custom in immersive theater. Favorite songs as are beautifully done in juxtaposition with Todd’s machinations with the incomparable Mrs. Lovett. Siobhan McCarthy inhabits this role with a gorgeous voice and murderous glee…Under Bill Buckhurst’s direction, the play moves apace, and is a serious hoot. You are not likely to have more fun at any other play this season.” Full Review

Bob's Theater Blog

"With his dead eyes, hollow cheeks and slicked-back hair, Jeremy Secomb is a very scary Todd. Any vocal shortcomings are more than made up for by his commanding presence. Siobhan McCarthy is as fine a Mrs. Lovett as I have seen...Kudos to director Bill Buckhurst for holding everything together. It’s a unique theatrical experience that I highly recommend. I also suggest ordering the pre-show pot pie and mash for $20 with beverage." Full Review


“Buckhurst manages to find the perfect, and sometimes elusive, mix of macabre, mirth, and melodrama…Yep, you’ll laugh, you’ll gasp…And you’ll leave humming every bit of Sondheim’s magnificently diverse score, and immediately want to go back for seconds. (Even the three-piece orchestra is sufficiently wonderful!) Much of the credit for the production’s success belongs to the stunningly chosen eight-person cast.” Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"This singular production holds up extremely well. Primarily, that’s because Buckhurst has managed to find that elusive mix of macabre, mirth, and melodrama in Hugh Wheeler’s perfectly crafted book...Moreover, the director’s immersive staging feels like much more than just a gimmick here...Still, the production wouldn’t succeed nearly as well without this cast, all of whom craft vivid characterizations and handle Sondheim’s cleverly complex score with aplomb." Full Review

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Inventive, Riveting, Great singing, Great staging, Visceral

See it if you are a Sondheim fan & want to experience an immersive, inventive staging that makes optimal use of a rather awkward space. Really clever

Don't see it if have an aversion to grisly subject matter, immersive theater & tinkering with traditional presentations.

Also The cast was great, the three musicians did the score full justice. I ... Read more Read less

Dark, Dizzying, Masterful, Immersive, Spirited

See it if You like original productions of classics. If you are a Sondheim fan. Very well staged, good singing and musicians. Fun experience.

Don't see it if you aren't comfortable with violent and dark themes (although less gory than I expected). If you don't immersive theater.

Also This was my first time seeing Sweeney Todd. I think I would have enjoy... Read more Read less

Clever, Edgy, Great staging

See it if You want a reimagined staging of a great show. (Pro-tip: spring for the pies!)

Don't see it if You dislike stripped down staging.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Must see, Riveting, Great singing

See it if you can get a ticket! This incredible, intimate production is imaginative, and terrifying. Carloee Carmello is the best Mrs. Lovett EVER

Don't see it if you can't get a ticket! Or, I suppose, if you dislike an intimate theatrical experience. Front table seating is very close to the action!

Absorbing, Clever, Intense, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You want a different experience of a theater performance.

Don't see it if you want to see a Bway show or traditional theater.

Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you love Sweeney Todd, and want a different experience with the material.

Don't see it if you are upset with changes and new takes on classics.

Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You would love an show with no semblance of sanity but performed over the top with laughter galore see it before it closes-BTW have dinner 2

Don't see it if Your sense of humor runs to the more sophisticated, if you prefer big staging and lavish sets

Ambitious, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You love a combination of traditional and immersive theater

Don't see it if you don't enjoy musicals

Clever, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want an completely fresh take on a Sondheim masterpiece! It almost made it feel like a brand new piece. Love it!

Don't see it if you like to watch from a distance or you are not a Sondheim fan. This is in your face.

Epic, Intense, Riveting, Great staging, Immersive

See it if If you're looking for a more intimate, immersive take on a thrilling musical that includes a complex score, close up staging, and violence;

Don't see it if If you're looking for a larger scale production, or a happy go-lucky musical;

Excellent staging, Macabre humor, Inventive use of space, Unmiked power singing, Excellent meat pies

See it if Sondheim, in your face/lap staging, gourmet meat pies, bald pate massages, vocal power, grand guignol storytelling are your idea of nite out

Don't see it if sharing banquets, turning your head, small spaces, demon serial killer cannibal barbers, or meat pies are not your idea of a good time

Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you love the classic show and don't mind it being presented cheaply.

Don't see it if , without the spectacle of a larger production, you'll be left wondering if you have much affinity for the classic show at all.


See it if ur quirkly ;)

Don't see it if ur not quirky ;{

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Ambitious, Edgy, Riveting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want to experience a brilliantly staged, immersive version of a classic musical.

Don't see it if you want something more upbeat and/or less violent.

Absorbing, Epic, Masterful, Must see, Great staging

See it if you want to experience this masterwork in a new and innovative way. The cast is wonderful and the staging is unique and ambitious

Don't see it if you don't like the idea of immersive experiences or feel you will be extremely dissatisfied by a production with small cast and orchestra.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Exquisite

See it if you want to see one of the best staged performances of one of the best shows ever

Don't see it if you don't appreciate audience interaction a la Great Comet or you can't handle a fair amount of blood

Clever, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like pared down productions of classic shows, intimate staging, and those classic haunting Sondheim music

Don't see it if you prefer shows to remain as they were originally intended, dislike immersive seating, or don't like shows with a violent subject matter

Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if twisted,immersive, engaging,macabre,and hilarious. This show has "killer jokes" is so much fun.DO NOT MISS IT!Eat the pies ...delicious!

Don't see it if you like only safe and familiar themes. It's not for the fainthearted.The intimate setting of this play might make it feel more intense.

Also The cast was great.Hugh Panaro is amazing as Sweeney Tod.For those who... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if you love the show, want immersive, intelligently new staging, or have never seen t before. It’s fresh and new.

Don't see it if You want traditional staging. Or you don’t like people messing with your Sondheim. It’s clever and new, but that’s not necessarily good.

Ambitious, Clever, Overrated, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like immersive theater and intimate stagings of classic shows.

Don't see it if you can't handle a weakly performed main character.

Also Most of the actors were great, especially Judge Turpin (amazing voice)... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Enchanting, Epic, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love immersive theater experiences

Don't see it if You want a typical broadway show

Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Quirky, Great staging

See it if you enjoy opera-like high pitched singing. The use of the space is ingenious. The performers are enthusiastic.

Don't see it if you do not know the story. The performers need to work on their diction.

Ambitious, Intense, Masterful, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you love Sondheim, Sweeney or innovative staging.

Don't see it if you don’t like to think at a musical. Some might feel claustrophobic in the pie shop. WARNING: There may be no eels.

Clever, Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Entertaining

See it if you love Sweeney!!! great show!

Don't see it if you don't like immersive theatre.

Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Dated

See it if If you like what the story is about. It does an effective job with its staging , a very good effort and performance.

Don't see it if You must like the story of the Barber, kinda like you must like Mack the knife in 3 penny, otherwise it will be a long evening for you.

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