Show Guidelines

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a legendary masterpiece of American musical theatre and one of composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s crowning Broadway achievements. It has captivated audiences around the world with its dark wit, murderous melodies and haunting tale of love, revenge and mayhem.

Sweeney Todd is the infamous bloody tale of an unjustly exiled barber, who returns to 19th century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ruined the lives of his family. The road to revenge leads Sweeney to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing meat pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett’s luck sharply shifts when Todd’s thirst for blood inspires a new ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up…and the outrageous carnage has only just begun!

This complex and melodramatic musical thriller is packed with a highly-entertaining, eccentric cast of characters. This eight-time Tony Award-winning thriller features hair-raising favorites, including “The Worst Pies in London,” “A Little Priest” and “Johanna.”


Sweeney Todd is classified as a “horror musical,” and best suited for older teens and adults.

Language
The words bloody, damn, hell, piss, shit and slut are used.

Sexual Innuendo
Three songs contain lyrics with references to sexual situations.

An older character has a sexual interest in a teenage character.

Drugs and Alcohol
Multiple characters, including a child, are shown drinking alcohol and one character is shown smoking.

Violence
The main character, Sweeney Todd, is a serial murderer. His crimes are dramatized throughout the show.

This show contains many onstage deaths involving razors and fake blood. There are many references to razors, blood and murder throughout the show.

Mrs. Lovett uses human meat in her pies that she sells as the show progresses.

During a song, a character flagellates himself with a whip to combat lust.

Mature Content
The rather complex plot explores the psychology of Sweeney’s murderous desires.

Mature content includes an implied rape, a woman’s attempt to poison herself, and a mental asylum