Jesus Christ Superstar won the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical in the Evening Standard Awards, with Tyrone Huntley winning the award for Emerging Talent. The production also won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival.
Celebrating 45 years since Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s seminal musical first hit the stage, Jesus Christ Superstar returned to London in a powerful new production directed by Timothy Sheader and choreographed by Olivier Award-winner Drew McOnie
Singer-songwriter Declan Bennett, once a member of Brit Award nominated band Point Break, and more recently the lead in the musical Once, took the role of Jesus, with Tyrone Huntley (Book of Mormon, Memphis) as Judas.
With epic storytelling in the remarkable surroundings of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, and a legendary score including I Don’t Know How to Love Him, Gethsemane and Superstar, this "GORGEOUS, THRILLING, HEAVENLY MUSICAL” (Guardian) is “AN ALMIGHTY REVELATION” (Daily Telegraph).
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"A GORGEOUS, THRILLING, HEAVENLY MUSICAL. Wit, lyricism and satirical bite abound in this dramatic revival of the classic rock opera with a first-rate cast.
If you need any reminding how skilled British musical actors have become in recent years, this is an evening to persuade and cheer:
Tyrone Huntley is brilliant as Judas...Declan Bennett’s restrained Jesus has an unforced charisma, and Anoushka Lucas is a soulful Mary Magdalene.
An unexpected and considerable pleasure that really rocks"
“AN ALMIGHTY REVELATION
Each song is sung with such feeling that the soul of the piece, so volatile in tempo, comes roaring through.
Superstar’s potency and its Christ-like radicalism – courting sacrilege, achieving an essence of spiritual intensity – is reborn"
"VIVID and COMPELLING. Each new production needs a sprinkling of directorial genius to give it wings. Delightfully, the Open Air Theatre makes this work soar.
Timothy Sheader offers some of the most stylish direction I’ve seen all year”
"The resurrection of the rock opera is cause for celebration"
"Both ruggedly masculine and flamboyantly fabulous.
The real find is relative newcomer Tyrone Huntley as Judas: his soulful howl is the most electrifying instrument in this feverishly full throttle resurrection of a classic show."
The Arts Desk
"A gritty new Jesus Christ Superstar that might just be THE FINEST MUSICAL THIS VENUE HAS YET PRODUCED"
- Timothy Sheader – Director
- Tom Scutt – Designer
- Drew McOnie – Choreographer
- Tom Deering – Musical Director
- Lee Curran – Lighting Designer
- Nick Lidster for Autograph – Sound Designer
- Kate Waters – Fight Director
- Barbara Houseman – Season Associate Director (Voice & Text)
- Will Burton CDG &
David Grindrod CDG – Casting Director
- Oliver Kaderbhai – Assistant Director
- Simon Hardwick – Assistant Choreographer
- Declan Bennett – Jesus
- Tyrone Huntley – Judas
- Anoushka Lucas – Mary
- David Thaxton – Pilate
- Peter Caulfield – Herod
- Cavin Cornwall – Caiaphas
- Sean Kingsley – Annas
- Phil King – Peter
- Joel Harper-Jackson – Simon Zealotes
- Ashley Andrews – Ensemble
- Will Barratt – Ensemble
- Billy Cullum – Ensemble
- Josh Dever – Ensemble
- Omari Douglas – Ensemble
- Simon Hardwick – Ensemble
- Shanay Holmes – Ensemble
- Raquel Jones – Ensemble
- Bobbie Little – Ensemble
- Sinead Long – Ensemble
- Genesis Lynea – Ensemble
- Gloria Obianyo – Ensemble
- Rosa O'Reilly – Ensemble
- Joseph Prouse – Ensemble
- Charlotte Riby – Ensemble
- Cameron Sharp – Ensemble
- Barnaby Thompson – Ensemble
- Rhys Whitfield – Ensemble