Winner of the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, Timothy Sheader’s lauded revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Jesus Christ Superstar returns for a second season at the Open Air Theatre Regent’s Park. Controversial upon its conception but now considered one of the musical greats, Jesus Christ Superstar is full of classic Lloyd Webber songs including the hits “I Don’t Know How To Love Him”, “Gethsemene” and “Superstar”, all with witty, satirical lyrics from Tim Rice. A sensitive subject matter is given a rock make-over by the accomplished writing team, and Timothy Sheader’s slick production puts the music at the forefront of the narrative.
Reprising their performances from last year’s production are Evening Standard Award winner Tyrone Huntley as Judas, Declan Bennett as Jesus, David Thaxton as Pilate and Peter Caulfield as Herod.
The last week of Jesus’ life is one of the world’s most famous stories, but in Jesus Christ Superstar it is told from another point of view – that of Judas Iscariot. With a new commentary on Jesus’ choices and his lasting impression from the man who betrayed him, Jesus Christ Superstar attempts to “strip away the myth from the man” in a contemporary setting with modern slang and alternative artists leading the way. Almost stripping away the religion of the story, the events and the message of the piece may have even great relevance and resonance today than they did when the piece was written in the 1970s.
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.
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(10 mins) Exit onto Marylebone Road and turn left. Past Madame Tussauds turn left into York Gate and follow York Bridge to the end. Pass through the large gates into the park and walk straight until you reach the theatre on your left.