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Godspell - Bridewell Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

SEDOS is presenting a radical new production of Godspell at the Bridewell Theatre – from April 3 to April 13, 2013.

Set on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral during the Occupy London demonstration, Godspell is an award-winning musical telling the story of the Gospell according to St Matthew.

Some children grow up and destroy the world… some children grow up and save it!

When two childhood friends meet through a chance reunion an old plan is rekindled and a movement born. Their manifesto is simple: LOVE! On the steps of St Paul’s the friends gather around them a bunch of renegades from the ever-eclectic city and rediscover the magical power of stories long forgotten from childhood.

By nothing more than creativity and song, this mismatched community brings colour to the dead streets of London and, day by day, attempts to build a beautiful city.

Conceived and originally directed by the late John-Michael Tebelak and with music and new lyrics by Grammy and Academy Award winning Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Prince of Egypt), Godspell has a string of well-loved songs, led by the international hit, Day By Day.

Other numbers include Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord, Learn Your Lessons Well, All For The Best, All Good Gifts, Turn Back, O Man, By My Side and Beautiful City.

Sedos’ production embraces themes of community, fair trade and recycling. The ethos to become as fair, sustainable, and ecologically friendly as possible is a mission statement moving to the forefront of public consciousness and reflected by the production. With this emphasis on community and sustainable development the team have extended the show’s themes to the special performances.

Godspell is directed by Robert J. Stanex, assisted by Dawn Harrison-Wallace, with musical direction from David Griffiths and choreography by Kim Barker.

The cast includes Joe Penny (as Jesus), Dan Geller (John/Judas), Adrian Hau, Ally Demicoli, Amy Syed, Anthony Hagan, Doug Colling, Edward John Mann, Fran Rafferty, Heather Jones, Jess Nesling, Shannon McDonough, Skyla Loureda, Eamonn McKevitt, Jason Mackey, Jessica Walters, Kate Weiler, Katie Godlesh and Mimi Kroll.

Tickets: £16, £20 (concessions £13.50, £17.50) – available online at sedos.co.uk/.

Times: 7.30pm, matinees both Saturdays at 2.30pm (no shows on Sunday, April 7 and Monday, April 8).

Gala night performances

Opening Show Tree Grow on Wednesday, April 3 at 7.30pm – Buy a ticket for the opening night and Sedos will plant five trees with the Ripple Charity.

Fairtrade Matinée Tea on Saturday, April 6 and 13 at 2.30pm – Guests will receive a free tea or coffee plus a piece of cake before the show.

Performance Tent Café on Saturday, April 6 at 7.30pm – Tickets £20 (£17.50 concessions). Ticket includes a complimentary drink, programme and the chance to perform at the open mic night event in the performance tent.

Charity Night on Wednesday, April 10 at 7.30pm – 50% of all ticket sales go to the Angel Shed, the Sedos Charity of the Year.

Friday Gala Night on April 12 at 7.30pm – Tickets £20 (£17.50 concessions). Ticket includes a complimentary drink and a programme.