Why See Jesus Christ Superstar?
The electrifying musical returns
Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival
The highly acclaimed Regent's Park Open Air Theatre production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's electrifying rock opera is coming to you as it sets out on an extensive UK tour from autumn 2023. Lacing together biblical drama with a propulsive score, director Timothy Sheader reinvents the story for the modern age, paring back the more overblown aspects of the original for a truly rocking show.
Originally starting life in 1970 as a concept album, the show was ALW's first to debut on Broadway ahead of London in 1971. Featuring the well-known hits "Superstar" and "I Don't Know How to Love Him," Superstar is a tremendously powerful musical that retains a large fan base the world over.
What is the story?
Beginning with the arrival of Jesus and his followers in Jerusalem, the story takes a new look at the struggles faced by both himself and the infamous Judas Iscariot, using political themes and issues not explored in the Bible. Judas is seen here as more of a tragic antihero dissatisfied with how Jesus is leading and spreading the Word of God, rather than the cruel traitor we are used to seeing. Combining contemporary attitudes and modern slang, the song lyrics offer ironic allusions to modern life as we know it, in a new interpretation of the events of that fateful week.
Opening night: 13 May 2024
Suitable for ages 10+
One hour and 55 minutes
You may be required to wear a mask during this performance. Please contact the venue directly for more information.
Cast and Creative
Ian McIntosh as Jesus
Shem Omari James as Judas
Hannah Richardson as Mary
Julian Clary as Herod in certain performances
Ryan O'Donnell as Pilate
Jad Habchi as Caiaphas
Matt Bateman as Annas
Jasmine Jules Andrews, Paje Campbell, Louise Francis, Francis Foreman, Megan Bryony G, Joshua Hawkins, Darius J James, Cassandra Lee, Stephen Lewis-Johnston, Charlie McCullagh, Jago Mottart, Mia Musakambeva, Timothy Roberts, Luke Street, Timo Tatzber, Jordan Michael Todd, Carla Bertran, Daniel Bowskill, Myla Carman and Christopher Tendai.
Directed by Timothy Sheader
Choreography by Drew McOnie
2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival
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