Evita - Ben Forster joins cast
BEN Forster, who won the coveted role of Jesus in the UK arena tour of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar, will play Agustin Magaldi – Eva Peron’s first love – in Evita, which opens at the newly refurbished Dominion Theatre on September 22, 2014 following preview performances from September 16.
Forster will star alongside Marti Pellow as Che and rising star Madalena Alberto as Argentina’s iconic First Lady, for a limited run of 55 performances (until November 1, 2014).
Ben Forster became a household name in 2012 after winning the ITV show Superstar and landing the part of Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar for a spectacular UK tour which also starred Spice Girl Mel C, actor and musician Tim Minchin and DJ Chris Moyles. The following year he continued in the role, which had already won him critical acclaim, when it toured Australia before bringing it back to the UK.
In between these tours, Forster starred as Brad Majors in the reinvented 40th Anniversary production of Richard O’Brien’s classic hit The Rocky Horror Show, for which he received rave reviews and demonstrated the versatility in his performance skills.
Aged just 16, he won a scholarship to the prestigious Italia Conti Academy in London and a year later made his West End debut in the musical La Cava, staged by the famous Broccoli family. He was also in the original casts of Lennon and McCartney’s All You Need Is Love and the hugely successful West End production of Thriller Live, taking the show from the London stage onto international tours.
With more than 20 major awards to its credit, and the Oscar-winning film version starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas, the iconic Evita features some of the most memorable and best loved songs in musical theatre, including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, On This Night of a Thousand Stars, You Must Love Me and Another Suitcase in Another Hall.
Evita charts the story of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, from her humble beginnings through to the extraordinary wealth, power and iconic status which ultimately led her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’.
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Tickets: £25 – £65; Under 16s, £10 off top three prices Monday to Thursday and Saturday matinees. To book, call 0845 200 7982 or visit www.dominiontheatre.com/.
Tickets: Monday to Saturday at 7.45pm, Thursday and Saturday at 3pm, Monday, September 22 (Press Night) at 7pm.