Everything you need to know about the West End premiere of The Prince of Egypt
The Dominion Theatre will be home to the British premiere of The Prince of Egypt from February 2020. Adapted from the 1998 Dreamworks movie, what can we expect from the film-to-theatre transformation in a show of biblical proportions? Read our guide to find out about the show, as well as casting, a creative team and songs in the musical.
All you need to know about The Prince of Egypt
Is the musical based on a previously told story?
The new musical The Prince of Egypt, featuring songs by Stephen Schwartz, retells and dramatizes the incredible story of Moses, first told in the Old Testament’s Book of Exodus. A timeless story of belief and the inestimable power of the individual, The Prince of Egypt is celebratory at heart, capturing the joyous essence of life and the human spirit
What’s the storyline?
Journey through the wonders of Ancient Egypt as two young men, raised together as brothers in a kingdom of privilege, find themselves suddenly divided by a secret past. One must rule as Pharaoh, the other must rise up and free his true people; both face a destiny that will change history forever.
Has the Book of Exodus been adapted before?
As well as DreamWorks’ celebrated film, the story has been told many times by Hollywood including the Ridley Scott epic Exodus: Gods and Kings and the legendary Ten Commandments starring Charlton Heston.
An earlier version of the stage musical based on the DreamWorks Animation film has played acclaimed, sold out engagements at TheatreWorks in California and The Tuacahn Amphitheatre in Utah. A Danish version was also successfully performed.
Who will star in The Prince of Egypt?
Casting for the West End premiere of The Prince of Egypt will star Luke Brady as Moses, Liam Tamne as Ramses, Alexia Khadime as Miriam and Christine Allado as Tzipporah. Joe Dixon will play Seti, Debbie Kurup as Queen Tuya, Gary Wilmot as Jethro, Adam Pearce as Hotep, Tanisha Spring as Nefertari, Silas Wyatt-Barke as Aaron and Mercedesz Csampai as Yocheved.
The cast is completed by Simbi Akande, Casey Al-Shaqsy, Joe Atkinson, Danny Becker, Felipe Bejarano, Pàje Campbell, Adam Filipe, Soophia Foroughi, Natalie Green, Jack Harrison-Cooper, Rachael Ireson, Kalene Jeans, Christian Knight, Jessica Lee, Oliver Lidert, Jay Marsh, Scott Maurice, Carly Miles, Sam Oladeinde, Alice Readie, Christopher Short, Ricardo Walker, Danny Williams, Niko Wirachman and Sasha Woodward.
Who is in the creative team?
The musical is written by Philip LaZebnik, a Hollywood screenwriter and playwright who wrote The Prince of Egypt screenplay, as well as Pocahontas and Mulan.
Choreography is by Sean Cheesman, who is best known for his work as a judge and choreographer on TV’s So You Thing You Can Dance. A two-time MTV Music Video Award winner, he has worked around the world with artists including: Prince, Tina Turner, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Vanessa Williams and Queen Latifah.
The musical will feature 5 of Stephen Schwartz’s songs from the film, including ‘Through Heaven’s Eyes’, ‘Deliver Us’, and the Academy Award-winning ‘When You Believe’, famously recorded by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. The stage musical includes 10 brand new songs
Stephen Schwartz in best known as the composer of the globally successful musical Wicked, as well as for his song-writing collaborations with Alan Menken on the Disney films Enchanted, Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He is the winner of three Academy Awards, four Grammy Awards and a Golden Globe.
The production is directed by Scott Schwartz with Set designs by Kevin Depinet, costumes by Ann Hould-Ward, lighting by Mike Billings, sound by Gareth Owen, projections by Jon Driscoll and illusions by Chris Fisher.
Can I listen to The Prince of Egypt soundtrack?
Although there will be 10 original songs written for the musical, why not listen to the songs from the 1998 film here.
Where can I see it in London’s West End and how do I get there?
The Prince of Egypt is playing at the Dominion Theatre, located on Tottenham Court Road (W1T 7AQ). The nearest train station is Euston, which is a 15-20 minute walk away. Central and Northern line underground services are available from Tottenham Court Road tube station, opposite the theatre.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Dreamworks Animation