Demon barber at Theatre on the Bay

Sweeny Todd will be staged at the Theatre on the Bay from Friday February 19 until Saturday April 9.

This musical thriller by American theatrical genius, Stephen Sondheim, tells the outlandish tale of urban legend, Sweeney Todd, who famously murdered his clients in his barber chair, whereafter his whacky neighbour and partner in crime, Mrs Lovett, turned them into much sought after meat pies.

Set in 19th century England, Sweeney Todd looks at what drives a man to this sort of extreme obsession, and considers what tragedy lies in his dark and mysterious past.

Sweeney Todd won both the Tony Award and the Olivier Award for Best New Musical when it was first produced in 1979, and became a major motion picture by Tim Burton, starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham-Carter, Alan Rickman and Sacha Baron Cohen.

Tickets are priced from R125 to R350 and available from Computicket.

Performances start at 8pm from Mondays to Thursdays, at 8.15pm on Fridays and at 4.30pm and 8.15pm on Saturdays.