Sweeney Todd.

This dark and twisted musical of a murderous barber in 19th century London completes Victorian Opera’s Sondheim trilogy

16 - 25 JULY 2015

★★★★ 'The singing is, as you’d expect, magnificent’ - The Age
★★★★ ‘Halloran is revelatory as Mrs Lovett’ - ABR
★★★★ 'A suberb union of technical, musical and artistc' - Herald Sun
'A disturbing, haunting highly entertaining production’ - Australian Stage
‘In Teddy Tahu Rhodes - another inspired piece of casting’ - Classic Melbourne

From Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler comes this Tony Award-winning musical and the inspiration for Tim Burton’s hit Hollywood film, Sweeney Todd - the final instalment in Victorian Opera’s Sondheim trilogy. Teddy Tahu Rhodes stars as a murderous barber slicing a path of bloody revenge through Victorian London. Joining him is Victorian Opera favourite Antoinette Halloran as his wicked partner in crime Mrs Lovett, in this brand new production from the director of Sunday in the Park with George and Into the Woods.

Single tickets now available. BOOK ONLINE >



Music and Lyrics by      Book by
Stephen Sondheim       Hugh Wheeler


From an Adaptation by Christopher Bond

By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd Exclusive agent for Music Theatre International (NY)

Musical Director Phoebe Briggs

Director Stuart Maunder

Set and Costume Designer Roger Kirk

Lighting Designer Philip Lethlean

Sound Designer Jim Atkins


Sweeney Todd Teddy Tahu Rhodes

Mrs Lovett Antoinette Halloran

Judge Turpin Phillip Rhodes

Beadle Bamford Kanen Breen

Adolfo Pirelli David Rogers-Smith

Tobias Ragg Ross Hannaford

Anthony Hope Blake Bowden

Johanna Amelia Berry

Beggar Woman Dimity Shepherd

Jonas Fogg Jeremy Kleeman


Ensemble: Carrie Barr, Paul Batey, Paul Biencourt, Cherie Boogaart, Danielle Calder, Daniel Carison, Ben Clark, Teresa Duddy, Jeremy Kleeman, Jerzy Kozlowski, Noni McCallum, Sophie Viskich


Orchestra Victoria



Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne


  • Thursday 16 July 2015, 7:30pm (preview)
  • Friday 17 July 2015, 7:30pm (preview)
  • Saturday 18 July 2015, 7:30pm
  • Tuesday 21 July 2015, 7:30pm
  • Wednesday 22 July 2015, 1:00pm*
  • Wednesday 22 July 2015, 7:30pm
  • Thursday 23 July 2015, 7:30pm
  • Friday 24 July 2015, 7:30pm
  • Saturday 25 July 2015,1:00pm
  • Saturday 25 July 2015, 7:30pm

2 hours and 30 minutes with one interval. *Accesible performance.


  • Online: Click here to BOOK ONLINE >
  • Phone: Arts Centre Melbourne on  1300 182 183
  • In person: Arts Centre Melbourne Box Office, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne. Click here to find out more.
  • Pricing: Tickets $50 - $175. Concession and VOyage ($30 tickets for 30 years and under) available. Transaction fees apply
  • School Group Bookings: *School group booking of 10. One free Adult ticket per school group. Call Arts Centre Melbourne on (03) 9281 8582.
  • 2015 Season subscriptions have now closed. For all subscription queries and bookings, please call 1300 822 849.



Find our more about our accessible peformances >

  • Tactile tour - Wednesday 22 July, 11:50am
  • Audio described performance - Wednesday 22 July, 1:00pm

Bring opera to the classroom.

Victorian Opera's for Schools program offers an unique experience for students to experience the world of opera, enhance their musical eductation and have fun. Visit our website to find out how we can tailor an opera experience for your students >



  • Dates: 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 July (7.30pm) & 22, 25 July (1pm) at Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne
  • Pricing: $25 per student
  • School bookings: School group booking of 10. One free Adult ticket per school group. Book online > or call 1300 182 183.
  • Find out more about our 2015 Season school performances >


Would you like to introduce your Grade Preps to the sounds of an opera singer? Give your VCE Theatre Studies class an intensive workshop on Lighting Design? We are able to create a tailored incursion for your school delivered by our team of relevant specialists. Please get in touch and we’ll chat to you further about how to introduce your students to the many elements of opera.

When: All year round
What: Workshops, tailored activities, outreach, school tickets, resources
How: Contact Deborah Vandewerp, Education Officer via email or call 03 9012 6652



The Wall


The Sweeney Todd programme is now online and filled with notes from the creative team, artist biographies and more.

View the programme online >


Check out our 'Sweeney Todd' - First Look Photos >


Take a sneak peek into the rehearsal room of Sweeney Todd
View the photo album here.


Watch our behind-the-scenes video of our Sweeney Todd photo shoot here.


Check out our 'Dark and Dirty World' rehearsal photos of Sweeney Todd. View the album >


Time Out Melbourne interviews Teddy Tahu Rhodes on playing Sweeney Todd. Read the article here.


Listen to Antoinette Halloran on 774 ABC Melbourne's 'The Conversation Hour'.

Click here to listen.


Blake Bowden playing 'Anthony Hope' in Sweeney Todd was interviewed by Aussie Theatre. Read on here >