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Superstar Casting Announced 11
Aug

By Open Air Theatre


Having sold over a third of the available tickets in the first 48 hours, we are delighted to announce casting for Jesus Christ Superstar: The Concert.

As capacity for the 1,256 seat venue has been reduced to 390 to meet government guidance on social distancing, there will be 9 performances a week, across the 6-week run, to make the production economically viable. Therefore, the roles of Jesus, Judas and Mary will be double-cast, giving audiences the opportunity to see any combination of actors as they alternate performances. A performance schedule will not be confirmed in advance, allowing maximum flexibility.

Declan Bennett and Pepe Nufrio will play the role of Jesus. Declan originated the role in the Open Air Theatre production in 2016 and 2017. Pepe appears in the North American tour of the Regent’s Park production.

Tyrone Huntley and Ricardo Afonso will play the role of Judas. Tyrone won the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Emerging Talent when he originated the role in 2016, a performance which also earned him an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical and WhatsOnStage Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical. Ricardo played the role of Judas when the Open Air Theatre production transferred to the Barbican in 2019.

Anoushka Lucas and Maimuna Memon both reprise their Open Air Theatre performances as Mary.

Also confirmed are: David Thaxton (Pilate), Shaq Taylor (Herod), Ivan De Freitas (Caiaphas), Nathan Amzi (Annas), Phil King (Peter), Cedric Neal (Simon), and Genesis Lynea, Rosa O’Reilly, Elliotte Williams-N’Dure (Soul Singers).

Completing the cast are: Daniel Bailey, Dale Evans, Rosie Fletcher, Josh Hawkins, Stevie Hutchinson, Billy Nevers, Charlotte Riby, Tinovimbanashe Sibanda, Barnaby Thompson and Tara Young.

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