First images have been released from rehearsals at Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.
The show stars Declan Bennett who plays the role of Jesus. Declan was the original lead in the London cast of Once (Phoenix), and has also appeared in Boy George’s musical Taboo (Venue Theatre), RENT (US tour and Broadway), American Idiot (Broadway) as well as on BBC’s EastEnders as Charlie Cotton. As a solo singer-songwriter, his album Record:BREAKUP was released as a live acoustic version in 2013. He achieved five UK Top 20 singles and a UK Top 20 album with Brit Award nominated band Point Break.
The following casting has also been confirmed. Tyrone Huntley will play Judas, with Anoushka Lucas as Mary Magdelene, David Thaxton as Pilate, Cavin Cornwall as Caiaphas, Peter Caulfield as Herod, Phil King as Peter, Joel Harper-Jackson as Simon Zealotes and Sean Kingsley as Annas.
The 2016 Open Air Theatre season also includes Michael Morpurgo’s Running Wild, adapted for the stage by Samuel Adamson (playing until 12 June), Henry V starring Michelle Terry in the title role (17 June – 9 July) and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, adapted for the stage by Simon Reade, featuring Felicity Montagu as Mrs Bennet (2 Sep – 17 Sep, prior to a UK tour).