Returning to London after successful runs at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in 2016 and 2017, Jesus Christ Superstar comes to the Barbican for a limited engagement in 2019. Celebrating 45 years since Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s creation, this adaptation is an award-winning revival, featuring well-known musical theatre songs including “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” and “Gethsemane”. Dramatising the final days of Jesus’ life, the musical centres around the struggle between Jesus and Judas underscored with a powerful rock soundtrack. Running for only 60 performances, it’s set to be a musical of biblical proportions.
Casting for Jesus Christ Superstar is to be announced.
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre casting included Tyrone Huntley who was nominated for an Olivier Award for best actor in a musical, as well as winning the Evening Standard Award for Emerging Talent for his portrayal of Judas. Additional stage credits include Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre, as well as The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre.
Declan Bennett played Jesus in the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production. Originating the role of Guy in the British premiere of Once at the Phoenix Theatre, he has also performed in numerous Broadway productions including American Idiot and Rent.
Olivier Award winning actor David Thaxton played Pilate. Winning best actor in a musical for Passion at the Donmar Warehouse, Thaxton has starred in numerous plays and musicals, including Love Never Dies at the Adelphi Theatre, Les Misérables at Queen’s Theatre and Roller Diner at Soho Theatre.
The cast was completed by Phillip Browne, Peter Caulfield, Nicholle Cherrie, Josh Dever, Mark Dugdale, Ivan De Freitas, Stevie Hutchinson, Sean Kingsley, Phil King, Sinead Long, Maimuna Memon, Tim Newman, Javar La'Trail Parker, Nuno Queimado, Lauran Rae, Charlotte Riby, Cleve September, Tinovimbanashe Sibanda, Kirstie Skivington, Christopher Tendai, Dale White, Rhys Whitfield and Tara Young.
Latecomers will not be admitted until the interval and there will be no re-admittance during the performance.
Concerned for Jesus, Judas makes his opinion on the son of God clear from the beginning. As Mary Magdalene tries to calm Jesus down, the tension between Jesus and Judas escalates, leading to the arrest of Jesus, ending up at the Garden of Gethsemane. Following his interaction with the authorities, Judas is stunned to learn of the special treatment that Jesus is receiving. But at Jesus’ crucifixion, the pair reunite one last time to ask the final questions around his divine plans and how he has treated others. Jesus Christ Superstar is a sung-through musical, bringing the story of the last seven days of Jesus’ life to the stage.
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Please note that latecomers will not be admitted until the interval. Also, should you need to leave the auditorium, re-admittance is not permitted during the performance.
During its first run in the West End, the show played for 3,358 performances. At the time, it became the longest running musical in West End history.
Pope John Paul II was treated to a special performance of some of the songs at the 2000 Jubilee Programme, laid on by the Vatican City. The show received a blessing from the Vatican for this.
When brainstorming lyrics for the show, Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote part of the title song on a napkin. Jotting down the song, it’s now gone on to become the most recognisable song in the show.
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