The King’s Theatre, Glasgow has announced that the Oliver Award-winning musical Jesus Christ Superstar is to tread the boards this autumn.
Following several acclaimed and sold-out runs in London, as well as an extensive tour of North America, this reimagined new production opens on Monday 16 October for five nights as part of a UK tour. The show will also visit Aberdeen and Edinburgh.
Tickets will go on sale to ATG Theatrecard holders on Monday 20 February at 10am with general sale opening on Thursday 23 February at 10am.
The celebrated show, which is produced by David Ian for Crossroads Live, is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ, as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes I Don’t Know How to Love Him, Gethsemane and Superstar.
Jesus Christ Superstar’s iconic 1970s rock score is now a global phenomenon and was originally released as a concept album by EGOT winners Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. The show opened on Broadway in 1971 at the Mark Hellinger Theatre and opened at The Palace Theatre in London in 1972 and ran for eight years. By the time it closed, after 3,358 performances, it had become the longest-running musical in West End history at that time. Jesus Christ Superstar has been reproduced regularly around the world in the years since its first appearance, with performances including a Broadway revival in 2012, an ITV competition TV show called Superstar that led to casting Ben Forster as Jesus in an arena tour of the show, and a production at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre celebrating 45 years since the musical’s Broadway debut.
Producer David Ian said: “I am thrilled to be taking this award-winning production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s much loved musical JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR on tour in 2023/2024. Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre has created a fresh and bold new version of a beloved classic which will enthrall both longtime fans of the show and delight those seeing it for the very first time”.
This production was reimagined by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and is helmed by director Timothy Sheader and choreographer Drew McOnie. Completing the creative team is design by Tom Scutt, lighting design by Lee Curran, sound design by Nick Lidster and music supervision by Tom Deering.
Jesus Christ Superstar won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival and the 2016 Evening Standard Award for Best Musical, selling out two consecutive engagements in 2016 and 2017. The production played a West End engagement at the Barbican in 2019 before returning to Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in concert version during the summer of 2020.
Jesus Christ Superstar
The King’s Theatre, Glasgow
Mon 16 – Sat 21 Oct 2023