Already closed | 2h 45m | West Village

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

From 799 member  reviews
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. 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.

2h 45m | Already closed | Barrow Street Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (799)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Great staging, Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining
89
Avg Score

During previews
96
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Must see

See it if you are looking for a great, inventive version of this brilliant piece of theater. A true revelation and a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Don't see it if it makes you nervous having actors near the audience.

During previews
90
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Quirky

See it if you want to experience a classic masterpiece in a whole different light. Brilliant staging in a very small venue.

Don't see it if you are not a true Sondheim fan.

During previews
98
Great singing, Great acting, Riveting, Clever, Masterful

See it if You like stripped down and/or creative re-stagings; you love Sweeney Todd & want to see a fresh take on it; you want to see great performers

Don't see it if You hate Sondheim or if you can't bear to hear Sweeney Todd's score without a full orchestra and chorus; you dislike dark material

Also Loved it!!! Brilliant setting, performances, and staging. Minor note -... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Great staging, Absorbing, Fresh adaptation

See it if You like dark, intimate shows that pull you into the action. You want to come face to face with the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Don't see it if That kind of thing doesn't appeal to you. Seriously, a cast member will likely be in your personal space at some point.

Also Unless you hate Sweeney Todd to begin with or consider yourself over t... Read more Read less

During previews
99
Great singing, Great staging, Intense, Must see

See it if you want to feel like a fly on the wall as action unfolds all around. Jeremy Secomb's intensity radiates off the walls in a tight space.

Don't see it if you dislike dark shows literally (content) or figuratively (several low light scenes) and like having separation between cast and audience.

Also Brilliant use of immersive staging in a re-creation of Harrington's pi... Read more Read less

During previews
98
Absorbing, Exquisite, Masterful, Profound, Refreshing

See it if you want to see THEATER. My god, this was beautiful and captivating. Probably one of the best theatrical experience I've had, honestly.

Don't see it if ..i recommend sitting in the "orchestra". it's worth the extra $$ rather than sitting in the balcony- i promise. It's immersive.

During previews
99
Absorbing, Delightful, Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you are a fan of the show and want to see a creative take on it, or if you haven't seen it before but have always wanted to!

Don't see it if you don't like immersive theatrical experiences where actors may be up in your face

Also I think where you sit matters a lot. Shout out to row F!

During previews
98
A must see, Riveting, Masterful, Great singing

See it if you love theater.

Don't see it if you have a very closed mind on how musicals should be staged.

Also The cast is excellent - Siobhan McCarthy may be the best Mrs. Lovett e... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever, Great staging

See it if you like Sondheim. Really fun production with creative staging in a small immersive space. Cast was great, best Mrs. Lovett! Thumbs up!

Don't see it if you don't like meat pies. Oh...but the meat pies served before the show were delicious. Don't sit in the balcony.

During previews
96
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Intense, Refreshing

See it if you like immersive theater or want to try something new in the theater.

Don't see it if you don't like immersive theater or if you need to be comfortable.

During previews
100
Absorbing, Edgy, Masterful, Indulgent, Riveting

See it if you love an intimate theater. Enjoy a little audience interaction. Are a Sondheim fan. Don't mind seeing a little blood. Like meat pies.

Don't see it if You don't like being close to the cast. Aren't a fan of non-traditional show styles. Can't be a bit creative when you watch.

During previews
100
Absorbing, Great staging, Must see

See it if you like shows that wrap you up in the action, or if you're a Sondheim/Sweeney fan, this is a great production!

Don't see it if violent plot's a turn-off, you're uncomfortable being up-close w/ performers, or you're an orchestration snob who will miss the full sound

Also Go for the pre-show pies & mash! Delicious!!! And beware the "cheap se... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Riveting

See it if You're a fan of the show and unique Off-Broadway revivals.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of the show, Sondheim, or nearly 3-hour shows.

Also Secomb (a former Javert on the West End) is excellent as Sweeney. The ... Read more Read less

During previews
97
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great singing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You're up for an immersive experience, you're a fan of the show, and you typically enjoy incredible acting and singing.

Don't see it if You don't like loud noises, low lighting, or a generally unsettling atmosphere.

Also As a lifelong Sweeney fan I was worried that the reduced orchestration... Read more Read less

During previews
92
Entertaining, Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious, Intense

See it if You like crazy wild suspense

Don't see it if You don't like sick twisted plots

During previews
100
Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging, Must see, Intense

See it if you can get tickets

Don't see it if you don't like sweeney todd

During previews
90
Delicious, Quirky, Must see

See it if ...you're hungry for great music and a fascinating story!

Don't see it if ...you're not sure what was in that pie last night.

During previews
100
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Riveting, Must see

See it if You want to see one of the best performances of Sweeney Todd ever staged in an intimate theater with side order of pie and mash!

Don't see it if Wouldn't say don't see this, but don't sit at one of the downstairs tables if you're easily frightened or don't want to share some spotlight

For a previous production
51
Great staging, Excruciating, Edgy, Intense, Overrated

See it if you are a fan of intense theatre that is dark.

Don't see it if you have strong opinions about morality. Not for kids.

For a previous production
99
Absorbing, Epic, Masterful, Relevant, Must see

See it if You have never seen Sweeney Todd, you like immersive theatre, you are a risktaker of a theatre-goer.

Don't see it if You fundamentally only like Big Broadway musicals

For a previous production
85
Enchanting, Edgy, Masterful, Intense, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a classic harrowing show.

Don't see it if You can't handle dark murderous revenge shows.

For a previous production
92
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Great singing

See it if You like musicals and a quick pace

Don't see it if You do not like the overall outcome of the story.

For a previous production
97
Ambitious, Intense, Masterful, Riveting, Must see

See it if you only know the movie, because this is the real deal! The voices soar and make you appreciate the score.

Don't see it if You only know the movie and don't particularly like musicals, because this is bordering on opera. Real voices from real actor-singers.

For a previous production
50
Clever, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if You love Sondheim

Don't see it if If you don't like Sondheim.


March 1st, 2017
"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 amuse...
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June 18th, 2017
"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. Lov...
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March 1st, 2017
“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 sh...
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March 1st, 2017
"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 counterprog...
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