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. More…
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.
See it if Blown away! Norm, Carmelo and cast amazing. Staging was brilliant. Perfect immersion.
Don't see it if Go see it... pay for the best seats. It makes it and it's worth it.
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.
See it if Powerful immersive staging. Terrific acting and musicianship. An intense, memorable experience that stays with you.
Don't see it if You won't enjoy a dark dark show with frightening moments, or you don't like Sondheim's music. Not for kids.
See it if you want to see an inventive, lively, powerful staging of a Sondheim masterwork in an intimate (if slightly gimmicky) theatre-cum-pie shop.
Don't see it if you can't abide the very dark themes, vengeful characters & on-stage violence. [But just see it... and get the "best pies in the Village".]
See it if you want to see a great performance from Carolee Carmello, or the prospect of actors being mere feet from you at all times excites you.
Don't see it if the gimmick of being sat in a pie shop does not excite you. Everyone has to constantly turn and shift their views as the actors move around.
See it if immersive stripped-down production and fierce portrayal of the murderous Sweeney make this scariest/most visceral version of show I've seen
Don't see it if doesn't have majesty and polish of fully-staged productions; underlying anti-social Darwinism message hidden beneath horror show
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.
See it if you like immersive theatre and being up close and personal with the action. This is an inventive staging of the classic Sondheim hit.
Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with actors in your personal space, or don't care for Sondheim or stories about grizzly murders.
See it if You want to see an innovative, fun set & you want to see this famous Sondheim musical. Fantastic acting & singing. A great production!
Don't see it if It's dark! Not for little kids. Wouldn't want to explain the plot to them! Do not see it if you don't like plays about murderers.
See it if No ifs, ands or buts, just go see it. The cast is so talented and the staging is unique, personal and intimate. Sondheim at his best.
Don't see it if Sometimes it's difficult to understand the words being sung because the music is a little too loud-not a big deal. Try it, you'll like it!
See it if You like to be in the middle of the action. Seating is in the pie shop and actors appear everywhere. Accept murder as fun. Brilliant staging
Don't see it if You do not like dark humor. Do not like to be close to the actors in a small space. Dislike operetta type musicals.
See it if An intimate experience with actors close enough to touch, great singing and acting interests you.
Don't see it if I don't like Sondheim or Sweeney Todd.
Also The mezzanine cheap seats are still good but much less immersive.
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
See it if you enjoy being engulfed by the action and witnessing the talented actors literally get in your face. Acting/singing/staging was terrific.
Don't see it if you get easily annoyed having to turn your head and shift your body (perhaps opt for mezz seats if this is you), you find pie shop gimmicky
See it if you love Sondheim. See it if you hate Sondheim. See it if you don't know who Sondheim is. It is brilliant. You really need to see this one.
Don't see it if you are an idiot. There is no reason on God's green earth not to see this show. It is frickin' amazing. And get the pie first.
See it if You want to see a well-executed concept that stages practically the entire musical on a pie counter.
Don't see it if You'll only see Sweeney Todd once and want it to have all of the large scale effects and gore that the musical is famous for.
See it if you like the story, haven't yet seen the play and want to see it or if you enjoy immersing plays in general.
Don't see it if you do like Sweeny Todd, have seen it and are not interested in being immersed in a play.
See it if Sondheim! Great show in a pie shop setting, Norm Lewis, Carolee Carmello and Brad Oscar excel to name 3 in the cast
Don't see it if dislike Sondheim
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.
See it if you enjoy immersive theatre or love Sondheim musicals. This was my first production of SWEENEY and I absolutely loved it.
Don't see it if you dislike dark shows or actors that get a little up close and personal.
See it if this version is ever revived. Hell’s Bells, this was good. Eerie, foreboding, spine-tingling excellence - a big hat’s off to all involved!
Don't see it if you missed out and this production doesn’t get new life - life it thoroughly deserves. What a masterwork!
See it if You enjoy a masterful musical, hear each expertly crafted lyric & be taken on an extraordinary journey; outstanding vocals by all
Don't see it if You dislike dark humor, semi-immersive interactions and intensity; not for the faint of heart