Don’t miss the world premiere production of Tim Rice’s magnificent epic musical From Here To Eternity. Adapted from one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century, this gripping tale of illicit love and army life is a breathtaking, romantic and excitingly original show that's set to join the front rank of great musicals.
Lyricist Rice has made an auspicious return to the musical spotlight with this show, his first full work in a decade. Based on James Jones' 1951 novel, this WWII-set tale of torrid relationships unfolds amid the swirl of events surrounding the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. It stars Darius Campbell as Warden, Siubhan Harrison as Lorene, Robert Lonsdale as Prewitt, Ryan Sampson as Maggio and Rebecca Thornhill as Karen.
Newcomer Stuart Brayson provides the musical settings for Rice's lyrics. The show's book is by Bill Oakes and it's directed by Tamara Harvey, whose recent credits include last year's acclaimed revival of Educating Rita at the Menier Chocolate Factory and on UK tour, and the UK tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tell Me On A Sunday in 2010 / 2011.
Loosely based on James Jones' own wartime experiences, the story follows several members of a military company including Private Maggio, Captain Dana 'Dynamite' Holmes and First Sergeant Milt Warden, who begins an affair with Holmes' wife Karen.
Published in 1951, From Here to Eternity was Jones’ debut novel and won him the National Book Award for fiction. It spawned the Oscar-winning 1953 film starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed and Frank Sinatra, and a subsequent TV mini-series.
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(5mins) Turn right onto New Oxford Street (past the Dominion) for 200 metres, and then turn right onto Shaftesbury Avenue, where the theatre will be on your left 100 metres down.