SWEENEY Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is slicing its way back onto the Sheffield stage this month and its leading man has been getting some first hand preparation for the role.
Martin Peacock had a brush with the sharp end of the blade when he visited Sheffield barbers Savills for his first-ever traditional wet shave.
The actor landed the role as the famous barber who returns to grimy 19th century London vowing to extract revenge for his false imprisonment. Collaborating with immoral baker Mrs Lovett, Benjamin Barker, aka Sweeney Todd, murders his victims in his barber chair and hands them over to Mrs Lovett who turns them into the tastiest meat pies in London.
“It’s a great part and there was a lot of competition for it so obviously I’m thrilled to playing him,” Martin said.
“I’ve never had a real wet shave before so we thought it would be good research ahead of the show’s opening night to see it first hand.”
Barber Joth Davies is co-owner of Savills - mens hairdressing, on Chapel Walk in Sheffield and has been cutting hair for over 20 years.
“The traditional wet shave is not something people come in and ask for every day,” said Joth, who specialises in period hairstyles and also works in conjunction with Sheffield Theatres styling hair for various productions.
“It’s usually for special occasions now - weddings, birthdays, Father’s Day - so we like to make it a bit theatrical and a bit of a treat.
“We spend about 45 minutes on the wet shave, using hot towels to open the pores, exfoliants to smooth the skin and oils to moisturise, as well as a bit of face massage.”
“It really does feel great,” Martin said afterwards, his smooth face glowing.
“Smooth as a baby’s arse, as Mrs Lovett would say!”
IT’s safe to say Savill’s customers receive better treatment than Benjamin Barker’s...
Sweeney Todd opens at The Lyceum Theatre on March 15 and runs until the 19.
Conact the box office for tickets on 0114 249 6000