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Jesus Christ Superstar full casting announced

Declan Bennett as Jesus. Photo Johan Persson
Declan Bennett as Jesus. Photo Johan Persson

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre announce the completed casting for Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar.

  • Already announced: Declan Bennett, David Thaxton, Peter Caulfield and Evening Standard Award-winner T Tyrone Huntley reprise their roles of Jesus, Pilate, Herod and Judas
  • Maimuna Memon takes the role of Mary
  • Phillip Browne plays Caiaphas with Sean Kingsley reprising his performance as Annas
  • Tim Newman plays Simon Zealotes with Phil King reprising his performance as Peter

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre has today announced the completed casting for Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar, which returns to the theatre from 11 August in an extended run through to 23 September 2017. Already announced are Declan Bennett, Tyrone Huntley (who won the Evening Standard Emerging Talent Award for his performance in 2016), David Thaxton and Peter Caulfield, who reprise their roles of Jesus, Judas, Pilate and Herod. The 2016 production won the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival and Evening Standard Award for Best Musical.

Maimuna Memon takes the role of Mary. Previous credits include Winnie and Wilbur (Birmingham Rep), Lazarus (King’s Cross Theatre), The Busker’s Opera (Park Theatre) and Into The Woods (Royal Exchange Manchester).

Phillip Browne and Sean Kingsley play Caiaphas and Annas. Phillip’s previous credits include Ain’t Misbehaving (Sheffield Crucible), Anything Goes (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Piaf (Donmar) and Ragtime (Piccadilly), and he also appeared in the 2012 film Batman, The Dark Knight Rises. Sean, who recently appeared in The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic), reprises his 2016 performance as Annas. His previous credits include Jersey Boys (UK Tour), We Will Rock You (European Tour), Little Shop of Horrors (Birmingham Rep) and Mamma Mia! (International Tour).

Tim Newman and Phil King play Simon Zealotes and Peter. Tim’s credits include Memphis (Shaftesbury), Mamma Mia! (International Tour), Grease (Piccadilly), Footloose (Novello) and All The Fun of the Fair (Garrick/UK Tour) for which he received a WhatsOnStage Award nomination. Phil, who reprises his performance as Peter, composed the music for, and appeared in, To Kill a Mockingbird at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. His previous credits also include Jane Eyre (Bristol Old Vic/National) and, as a musician, he plays festivals and fayres across the UK, as well as Paris, Berlin, Barcelona and New York.

Previous cast members returning to the production are Josh Dever, Rhys Whitfield, Charlotte Riby and Sinead Long. They are joined by Mark Dugdale, Ivan De Freitas, Stevie Hutchinson, Javar Parker, Nuno Queimado, Cleve September, Tinovimbanashe Sibanda, Kirstie Skivington, Christopher Tendai, Tara Young, and Dale White. The Soul Girls are played by Kayleigh McKnight, Lauran Rae and Nicholle Cherrie.

With direction by Timothy Sheader, design by Tom Scutt, choreography by Drew McOnie, musical supervision by Tom Deering, lighting design by Lee Curran and sound design by Nick Lidster for Autograph, Jesus Christ Superstar was a sell-out in 2016 and, in addition the Olivier and Evening Standard Award-wins, also received a further five Olivier Award nominations, for Best Theatre Choreography, Best Lighting, Best Sound, Outstanding Achievement in Music, and Best Actor in a Musical (for Tyrone Huntley).

The production opens at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in April 2018.

The 2017 Open Air Theatre season also includes On The Town, (until 1 July) directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie. This is followed by Dickens Uncovered celebrating the greatest storyteller of London life, Charles Dickens. Artistic Director Timothy Sheader directs A Tale of Two Cities (7 July – 5 August), a new play by Matthew Dunster adapted from the original Dickens novel and, developing their programme of work made especially for families, Caroline Byrne directs a new play version of Oliver Twist created for everyone aged six and over adapted by Anya Reiss (17 July – 5 August).

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre was voted London Theatre of the Year in the Stage Awards 2017, and recently announced a collaboration with English National Opera for their 2018 season, with Timothy Sheader directing Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw (22 – 30 Jun 2018).

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LISTINGS
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre 2017 season:

On The Town (until 1 Jul)
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Book and Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Based on a Concept by Jerome Robbins
Directed and Choreographed by Drew McOnie

A Tale of Two Cities (Fri 7 Jul – Sat 5 Aug)
A new play by Matthew Dunster
Adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens
Directed by Timothy Sheader

Oliver Twist created for everyone aged six and over (Mon 17 Jul – Sat 5 Aug)
Adapted by Anya Reiss
From the novel by Charles Dickens
Directed by Caroline Byrne

Jesus Christ Superstar (Fri 11 Aug – Sat 23 Sep)
Lyrics by Tim Rice Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Directed by Timothy Sheader
By Special Arrangement With The Really Useful Group

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