Our 2020 Summer Production will be Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

This musical thriller with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler is based on the 1973 play by Christopher Bond. Sweeney Todd opened on Broadway in 1979 and in the West End in 1980.  This will be the first time IODS have performed this show. 

Auditions will be on Sunday 2nd February 2020, venue TBA. Pre Audition Rehearsals will be held at The Ipswich Social Club, Silent Street on Tuesday 21st, Thursday 23rd, Tuesday 28th and Thursday 30th of January. 

These are essential for learning audition pieces.

See Pre Audition Schedule Below.

We will be looking for a large cast consisting of Singers, Actors, Dancers and Pit Singers. Further details on Principal parts and numbers will be provided soon.

Full company Rehearsals are on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s with Principal rehearsals on Wednesday’s.

There will also be three Sunday rehearsal’s in the weeks leading up to the show. 

A complete Rehearsal schedule will be produced as soon as we have cast the production, however, this is a very music heavy piece so music rehearsals will begin soon after auditions.

The Production Team is as follows:-

Director……………………………..Owen Berry
Musical Director……………………..Mike Wren
Choreographer………………………..Luke Berry
Production Manager……………….Tony Gómez

If you are interested, please come along. You will be most welcome.

The Production will be opening on Tuesday 16th June 2020 and running untill Saturday 20th. 
Get in will be Saturday 13th June with Tech on Sunday 14th and Dress on Monday 15th.

You can join the society as a full member for just £20 which helps towards our ever increasing costs.


Pre Auditions are a chance for you to learn the audition pieces ready for auditions on the 2nd February. They are essential for being prepared on the day so please do everything you can to be there!

Preaudition 1 - Tuesday 21st
7.30 - 8.00 Introduction
8.00- 09.15 Chorus Song
09.15 - 10.00 Movement

Preaudition 2 - Thursday 23rd
7.30 - 8.15 Sweeney
8.15 Anthony, Judge, Beadle, Pirelli

Pre Audion 3 - Tuesday 28th
7.30 - 8.15 Toby
8.15 Mrs Lovett, Beggar Woman, Joanna

Pre Audition 4 - Thursday 30th
7.30 - 08.30 Chorus Song
08.30 - 10.00 Movement

We will ask for everybody to fill in an audition form on the 21st so that we know how many people are auditioning. Once we have those we will be able to put together a schedule for auditions on Sunday 2nd.

Everybody will be required to pay a £5 audition fee to cover the cost of venue and pianist. Please bring this with you asap. Pre Auditions will all be held at Ipswich Social Club on Silent Street. (Venue for the 2nd still to follow)

Please see the below Character breakdown for Principle Characters. Note that the age ranges given are only a guide from the rights holder.

If you would like access to the music and application form beforehand,
please contact us through our contact us page with your details.

Sweeney Todd
A wrongfully imprisoned barber seeking to right the wrongs committed against him. He is Johanna's father, singularly focussed on taking bloody revenge. Our story's tormented protagonist.
Gender: Male
Age: 40 to 55
Vocal range top: Gb4
Vocal range bottom: F2

Mrs. Lovett
An entrepreneurial and amoral meat pie shop owner. She falls in love with Todd and turns his desire for revenge into a profitable business venture.
Gender: Female
Age: 35 to 50
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Anthony Hope
A naive and youthful sailor returning to London. He helps Todd return to London and unexpectedly falls in love with Johanna.
Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2

A spritely girl, full of innocence, constantly yearning for freedom. Todd's long-lost daughter and Turpin's ward.
Gender: Female
Age: 18 to 21
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3

Tobias Ragg
A poor youngster apprenticed to Pirelli. He finds a surrogate family in Todd and Lovett.
Gender: Male
Age: 12 to 18
Vocal range top: Ab4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Judge Turpin
A lecherous public official who portrays himself as a sanctimonious authoritarian. He takes advantage of his position in the city and is responsible for imprisoning Todd.
Gender: Male
Age: 50 to 65
Vocal range top: Gb4
Vocal range bottom: E2

Beadle Bamford
A pompous public official. He is deeply loyal to the corrupt Turpin.
Gender: Male
Age: 40 to 55
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: D3

Beggar Woman
A deranged and schizophrenic woman who harbors a dark, surprising secret.
Gender: Female
Age: 35 to 50
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: Ab3

Adolfo Pirelli
A flamboyant Italian rival barber; a charlatan with a secret past.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 45
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: B2

Jonas Fogg
The owner of Fogg's Asylum. He sells the hair of madmen to wigmakers.
Gender: Male
Age: 35 to 60

See you all on the 21st!!