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FORT MYERS, FL (January 9, 2023) – The Laboratory Theater of Florida will present Stephen Sondheim’s Tony- and Oliver-winning musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street from February 10th – March 11th.

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

Book by Hugh Wheeler, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Based on the 1973 play of the same name by Christopher Bond.

Director Paul Graffy says, “Long a favorite of the theater-going public, Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece of the Grand Guignol is both an examination of a man’s descent from law-abiding innocence to maniacal depravity, and a thrilling, brilliant and perversely delightful musical of the highest order.”

“It’s a rollicking tour of Dickensian Hell, funny and frightening at the same time…It’s also a celebration of theatre, telling one of the most warped tales found in an accessible show.” -Broadway World.

Directed by Paul Graffy, with Assistant Director Madelaine Weymouth, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street features Dave Rode (Sweeney Todd), MaryAnne McKerrow (Mrs. Lovett), Sharon True (Ensemble, doubles as Mrs. Lovett), Lauren Miller (Beggar Woman), Cameron Rogers (Anthony), Gabrielle Lansden (Johanna), Trace Meier (Judge Turpin), Jack Weld (Beadle Bamford), Steven Michael Kennedy (Adolfo Pirelli), River Reed (Tobias), John McKerrow (Jonas Fogg). The ensemble includes Ryland Dingman, Joseph Bostic, Mark King, Brithany Hernandez, Nyx Rasner, Cindy Malley, Angela M. Thomas, Ken Ruisi, Laelon Thomas, Nyx Rasner, and Ariana Milian. Music direction by Roz Metcalf.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is sponsored by The Bireley Family Foundation
Rehearsal space sponsored by the Berne Davis Botanical Garden.


Performance dates::
February 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, and 25 at 8 pm.
February 12, 19, and 26 at 2 pm.
March 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, and 11 at 8 pm.
March 5 at 2 pm.

Special Events:
Half-price preview nights: February 8, and 9 at 8 pm
Staging Teen Success Through Theater: February 11 at 8 pm

Special Events requiring an additional advanced ticket:
Space for these events is limited and ticketed separately. Tickets are $25/each or 2 for $40.00.
Bloody Valentine Cocktail reception: February 18th, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Class in Sweeney props and blood: February 25th, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Ghost Hunt at the Theater: March 4th, immediately following the performance.

Tickets are $37 each or $15 for students with valid student IDs. There are half-priced previews on February 8th and 9th at 8 pm and a new Thursday night special ticket price of $30 each for adults. For tickets, please call the box office at 239.218.0481 or online at

While masks are encouraged, they are not currently required
Photography and videography of this production are strictly prohibited.
Thank you for your cooperation and your support of The Laboratory Theater of Florida.

The Laboratory Theater of Florida, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is dedicated to the promotion of the performing arts, through live performance, education, community outreach, experimentation, and the development of ensemble work. The company features ensemble productions, produces classic works, takes artistic risks, which both feature and challenge local performers. For more information, visit or the physical location at 1634 Woodford Avenue, in the Fort Myers River District.

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