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.
Robert Tripolino will play Jesus in the production, making his London debut. His previous theatre credits include Rags at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester, and has starred in Australian productions of La Cage Aux Folles, Aladdin and The Addams Family.
Ricardo Afonso will play Judas. After competing in BBC's The Voice in 2013, the Portuguese actor has also performed in We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre.
Matt Cardle will play Pilate. Winning The X Factor in 2010, he has gone on to star in West End productions including Memphis and Strictly Ballroom.
The cast is completed by Sallay Garnett as Mary, Cavin Cornwall as Caiaphas and Nathan Amzi as Annas, Samuel Buttery as King Herod, Matthew Harvey as Peter and Tim Newman as Simon, Daniel Bailey, Bernadette Bangura, Robert Bannon, Cyrus Brandon, Melanie Bright, Georgia Carling, Dale Evans, Rosie Fletcher, Luke Hall, Simon Hardwick, Zac Hawkins, Dayle Hodge, Stevie Hutchinson, Cleopatra Joseph, Rachel Moran, Billy Nevers, Tinovimbanashe Sibanda and Elliotte Williams-N’Dure.
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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