WIN! A close shave with Demon Barber

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SWEENEY Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, will be cutting a dash at Sheffield’s Lyceum Theatre next month – and you could be in the audience.

We have a family ticket for four to give away for the Croft House Theatre Company production on Tuesday 15th March, at 7.15pm.

The sparkling new production of Stephen Sondheim’s multi-award winning musical is the latest offering from Croft, which scored a box office smash with its previous show The Full Monty.

A spokesman said: “The new production of the classic tells the suspenseful, razor-sharp story of barber Benjamin Barker (aka Sweeney Todd), who returns to grimy 19th century London vowing to extract revenge for his false imprisonment with the help of immoral baker Mrs Lovett.”

“Their twisted strategy is that Sweeney will murder his victims in his barber chair and Mrs Lovett will turn them into the tastiest meat pies in London.”

Martin Peacock is Sweeney Todd and Judi Johnson-Hart plays Mrs. Lovett. They will be joined by John Atkinson (Jonas Fogg), Phil Brownhill (Judge), Josh Coburn (Anthony), Jonnie Halliwell (Toby), Phillip Probert (The Beadle), Leah Rhodes (Beggar), Matthew Walker (Pirelli) and Rosie Williamson (Johanna). The company will also be joined by 17 members of the chorus of ten members of the ensemble.

The show includes the classic songs Worst Pies in London and Little Priest.

The original production of Sweeney Todd opened on Broadway at the Uris Theatre (now the Gershwin) on March 1, 1979 in a production directed by Harold Prince. The musical won eight Tony Awards including Best Musical of the Year and ran for 557 performances.

Croft House Theatre Company has over 100 years of producing theatre. Its aim was to help the young people of what was then a slum area of Sheffield, by providing ‘education and recreation.’ From humble beginnings, the society grew and its audience widened, so that it had to move to the Temperance Hall. Now it plays all of Sheffield’s top venues.

Sweeney Todd runs at the Lyceum from 15th to 19th March. Tickets priced £10-£22 are available from the box office on 0114 249 6000.

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets, simply answer the following question.

Q) What is the name of Sweeney Todd’s female accomplice?

Mark your answer ‘Sweeney Todd competition’ and email your entry to or send it by post to The Worksop Guardian, 21-27 Ryton Street, Worksop, Notts S80 2AY.

The closing date for entries is Friday 4th March and winners will be contacted by telephone so do not forget to include a daytime contact number.

Normal Guardian competition rules apply.