COMPETITION | Theatre stars bring barber to bloody life

If baking people into pies sounds like your cup of tea, then you'd be a fool to miss Sweeney Todd in Sydney this year.

Australian theatre icon AnthonyWarlow and Kath and Kim's GinaRiley star in the bloody stage production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in June at Darling Harbour Theatre ICC Sydney.

The darkly comic tale, first staged in 1979, follows exiled barber Sweeney Todd who returns to London to exact his revenge on those who have wronged him.

He partners with lovelorn baker Mrs Lovett to bake his victims in pies and feed them to the locals.

Warlow said he couldn't wait to bring Sweeney Todd to life on stage.

"This gift of a role, one I have coveted for so long, has finally arrived," he said.

"I look forward to adding Mr Todd to the illustrious canon of characters I've had the privilege of playing over the years."

The music and lyrics come from legendary musical man Stephen Sondheim (Into the Woods, A Little Night Music) and the story was previously brought to the big screen by eccentric director Tim Burton (Beetlejuice) with Johnny Depp in the starring role.

Sweeney Todd features such memorable songs as Not While I'm Around, The Worst Pies in London and Johanna.

The Sydney show will run for a strictly limited season of just six performances between Thursday, June 13 and Sunday, June 16.

The show will then move to Melbourne's Her Majesty's Theatre for another six performances.

Tickets start at $99.

For more information or to secure your tickets to the musical comedy: lifelikecompany.com.

The Champion has 20 double passes to give away to Sweeney Todd at 2pm on Saturday, June 15.

Tell us in 25 words or less what your favourite Sweeney Todd song is and why, for your chance to be one of the lucky winners.

Competition entries close Wednesday, May 15 at midnight. Full terms and conditions are available on the website.