Murderous musical fun with Barnstaple Operatic Society as the ‘Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ stalks the stage from Wednesday to Saturday, March 12-15.

The Barber and the Baker! Neil Rudd and Debbie Hadley in preparation for their villainous roles in the new production of Sweeney Todd, opening in Barnstaple next week.The Barber and the Baker! Neil Rudd and Debbie Hadley in preparation for their villainous roles in the new production of Sweeney Todd, opening in Barnstaple next week.

PREPARE for chilling sights and mesmerising music at the Queens Theatre from Wednesday of next week as Barnstaple Operatic society’s production of Sweeney Todd opens in all its gory glory.

Sweeney Todd - the demon barber of Fleet Street, is Stephen Sondheim’s musical masterpiece and was recently a hit musical film by Tim Burton staring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter.

“Sondheim’s music and this evergreen tale of the murderous barber were given new life by Tim Burton’s film and a recent revival starring Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton,” said director Lee Baxendale.

“It’s a notoriously difficult piece of musical theatre to stage but I think our local cast will give stunning performances.”

Neil Rudd and Debbie Hadley are playing Sweeney and his murderous companion, Mrs Lovett, respectively.

“I’ve had to work very hard on this show, but, I really feel it’s worth it. It’s such an emotional roller coaster for Sweeney,” said Neil.

Lee added: “It’s all coming together really beautifully and although it has a gruesome subject matter it is matched by some beautiful music. We are lucky to have Paul Moulton leading our absolutely stunning orchestra which sounds amazing as it backs our really talented, powerful singers.”

Barnstaple Operatic Society’s production runs from Wednesday, March 12 until Saturday, March 15, with shows at 7.30pm throughout plus a 2.30pm Saturday matinee. For tickets call the box office on 01271 324242.