The Cotuit Center for the Arts will present Stephen Sondheim’s 1979 musical thriller, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” on the center’s main stage from October 10 to 27. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. The show is being directed by Mary Arnault, with music direction by Malcolm Granger.

Ms. Arnault describes “Sweeney Todd” as “a wild ride into a dark world—the revenge of a good man broken by a corrupt society. It is a centuries-old penny dreadful, gripping and grisly, as relevant today as it ever was, sung in a gorgeous Stephen sondheim Score.”

The cast includes Chris Schultz as Sweeney Todd, Bonnie Fairbanks as Mrs. Lovett, Beau Jackett as Anthony Hope, Emma Fitzpatrick as Johanna Barker, Gioia Sabatinelli as both the mad beggar woman and Adolfo Pirelli, Ari Lew as Tobias Ragg, Peter Cook as Judge Turpin and Alex Valentine as the Beadle Bamford.

Production credits include set design by Andrew Arnault, lighting design by Greg Hamm, costume design by Alan Trugman, and hair and makeup by Tom Crutchfield. The production features Misao Koyama in the pit.

“Sweeney Todd” opened on Broadway in 1979 and in the West End in 1980. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical and Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

Real or not, Sweeney Todd has captured the imagination of playwrights and moviemakers ever since his name was first mentioned in a Victorian penny dreadful in the mid-1800s. The story was almost immediately turned into a play; an expanded version was published in 1850, an American version in 1852, and a new play in 1865. There were British films in 1926 and 1936, as well as Tim Burton’ adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s play in 2007.

Tickets are $40, $35 for balcony seating. There is a $5 discount for members and a $2 discount for seniors and veterans. For more information and to purchase tickets visit or call 508-428-0669. Cotuit Center for the Arts is at 4404 Route 28.

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