The thrilling, chilling hit musical Sweeney Todd is being brought to the stage at Burton's Brewhouse arts centre next month, for the first time, by the town's Little Theatre Company.
The show tells the tale of barber Benjamin Barker - also known as Sweeney Todd - a man driven by obsessive revenge for the vicious injustices and tragedy he has suffered. When he meets the opportunist pie shop owner Mrs Lovett they form a savage alliance to achieve retribution - and provide some fresh ingredients for her pies along the way.
Director John Bowness said: "We are very excited to be staging Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in Burton. The music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim are wickedly good, and the book by Hugh Wheeler captures murky Victorian London at its best."
Laced with dark humour, the musical thriller originally opened on Broadway in 1979 before transferring to the West End in 1980. In 2007, a film version of the musical was released starring Johnny Depp as Sweeney and Helena Bonham Carter as Mrs Lovett.
The Burton-based company has been able to hire props used in the 2012 West End revival of the show - which was nominated for six 2013 Olivier Awards and won three - which starred Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton as Sweeney and Mrs Lovett.
John explained: "When people come to see our production of Sweeney Todd, the pies, the oven, the mincer and the buckets of gore - which are central to the plot - will all be same ones that were used in the 2012 West End production of Sweeney. The cast are excited to think they are using the same props that Michael and Imelda used."
The show will run from Monday November 11 to Saturday November 16 at 7.30pm each night with an extra Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets are £10 with £8 concessions available for Monday to Wednesday shows only. All matinee tickets are £8.
You can book in person at the Brewhouse box office or by phoning them on 01283-508100. Tickets can also be securely booked online.