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Jesus Christ Superstar - production images released

Declan Bennett as Jesus. Photo Johan Persson.

Casting news

PRODUCTION images have been released for Jesus Christ Superstar, which runs at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre until August 27, 2016. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: Rehearsal images have been released for the Open Air Theatre’s production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: Full casting has been announced for Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar, which runs at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre from July 21 (previews from July 15) to August 27, 2016.

Joining previously announced Declan Bennett as Jesus are Tyrone Huntley as Judas, 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.

They in turn are joined by Ashley Andrews, Will Barratt, Billy Cullum, Joshua Dever, Omari Douglas, Simon Hardwick, Raquel Jones, Bobbie Little, Sinead Long, Gloria Obianyo, Joseph Prouse, Charlotte Riby, Cameron Sharp, Barnaby Thompson and Rhys Whitfield.

The Soul Girls will be played by Genesis Lynea, Rosa O’Reilly and Shanay Holmes.

Tyrone Huntley has appeared in Memphis (Shaftesbury Theatre), Hairspray (Curve) and received a BroadwayWorld Award nomination for The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales Theatre). He previously appeared at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess and will appear later this year as C.C.White in Dreamgirls (Savoy Theatre).

Anoushka Lucas is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and singer. She regularly performs at The Troubadour and Ronnie Scott’s, and won the Jazz FM Love Supreme competition in 2013. She played piano and percussion in the band of The Lightning Child (Shakespeare’s Globe) and collaborated with Ché Walker on The Etienne Sisters (Theatre Royal, Stratford East).

David Thaxton won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for Passion (Donmar Warehouse) and has appeared as both Enjolras and Javert in Les Misérables (Queens Theatre), Raoul in Love Never Dies (Adelphi Theatre), Maximillian in Candida (Menier Chocolate Factory) and recently in the new musical Only The Brave (Wales Millennium Centre). He is a founder member of the band Divisions, whose album Distance Over Time was released in September 2015.

Cavin Cornwall previously played Caiaphas on the UK tour of Jesus Christ Superstar having originally played Peter in the 1999 film version (Really Useful Films). He has also appeared as Billy Flynn in Chicago (Adelphi Theatre), Crown in Porgy and Bess (Savoy Theatre), and the 2012 film version of Les Misérables.

Peter Caulfield’s theatre credits include One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre/Theatre Royal Haymarket), Into the Woods (Royal Opera House) and Enron (Chichester Festival Theatre and Noel Coward Theatre). On television, he recently appeared in Cucumber (Channel 4) and Banana (E4).

Phil King composed the music for, and appeared in, To Kill a Mockingbird at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. His theatre credits also include Jane Eyre (Bristol Old Vic/National Theatre). As a musician, he plays festivals and fayres across the UK, as well as Paris, Berlin, Barcelona and New York. His latest album, The Wreckage, was released in April 2016.

Joel Harper-Jackson was an original cast member of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (Aldwych Theatre), and has played Che in Evita (Slovenia), Josh in Picture Perfect (St James Theatre), RENT (UK Tour), and the all-male Pacific Overtures (Union Theatre).

Sean Kingsley has appeared in Jersey Boys (tour), Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (Birmingham Rep), Mamma Mia! (International Tour) and the film version of London Road.

Celebrating 45 years since Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s seminal musical first hit the stage, Jesus Christ Superstar is directed by Artistic Director Timothy Sheader.

With a legendary score which includes I Don’t Know How to Love Him, Gethsemane and Superstar, musical direction is by Tom Deering (, In the Heights and The Color Purple), design by Tom Scutt (Constellations, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and King Charles III, for which he has received a Tony Award nomination) and choreography by Drew McOnie (Jekyll & Hyde, The Lorax and In The Heights, for which he won the Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreography).

Read more about The Open Air Theatre’s 2016 Season.