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Jesus Christ Superstar


Riverside Theatre


08 February - 23 February 2019

Event Type

Live Event

Packemin Productions and Riverside Theatres present
A Packemin Production


Lyrics by TIM RICE

Following their hit productions Shrek, Miss Saigon, Wicked and The Phantom of the Opera, Packemin Productions are thrilled to return to Riverside Theatres in February 2019 with a staggering new production of the world’s first rock musical, Jesus Christ Superstar.

A global phenomenon that has wowed audiences for over 40 years, Jesus Christ Superstar is a timeless work set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally-known series of events but seen, unusually, through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. As the radical teachings of Jesus are evermore embraced, Judas increasingly questions the enlightened motives of this new prophet, resulting in betrayal. Christ’s final days are dramatized with emotional intensity, thought-provoking edge and explosive theatricality.

The show has one of the most stirring and iconic musical theatre scores ever written, and features hit songs including I Don’t Know How to Love Him, Everything’s Alright, Jesus Christ Superstar and Gethsemane. By turns driving and majestic, satirical and tender, Jesus Christ Superstar illuminates the transcendent power of the human spirit with a passion that goes straight to the heart. It guarantees to be a night in the theatre that you will never forget!

Friday 8 February at 11am – Preview
Friday 8 February at 7:30pm – Opening Night
Saturday 9 February at 2pm and 7:30pm
Sunday 10 February at 3pm

Wednesday 13 February at 7:30pm
Thursday 14 February at 7:30pm (Valentine’s Day)
Friday 15 February at 7:30pm
Saturday 16 February at 2pm & 7:30pm
Sunday 17 February at 11am and 4pm

Wednesday 20 February at 7:30pm
Thursday 21 February at 7:30pm
Friday 22 February at 7:30pm – Auslan Interpreted performance
Saturday 23 February at 2pm and 7:30pm

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When Sunset Boulevard joined School Of Rock, Cats and The Phantom Of The Opera on Broadway this year,  Andrew Lloyd Webber became the only person to equal the record set in 1953 by Rodgers and Hammerstein with four Broadway shows running concurrently. Other musicals he has composed include Aspects Of Love, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and Love Never Dies.

His production of School Of Rock is the first British musical to have world premiered on Broadway. He has co-produced his own shows including Cats and The Phantom Of The Opera and as a solo producer he presented the groundbreaking Bombay Dreams which introduced the double Oscar winning Bollywood composer AR Rahman to the Western stage.

Other productions include the Olivier Award Winning Daisy Pulls It Off and La Bete, the record breaking Palladium production of The Sound Of Music and The Wizard of Oz.

He owns seven West End Theatres including the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, the Palladium and most recently the St James which will reopen this year as The Other Palace and provide a unique London home for new musicals in development.

He is passionate about the importance of music in education and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has become one of Britain’s leading charities supporting the arts and music.

His awards, both as composer and producer,  include seven Tonys,  seven Oliviers, a Golden Globe, an Oscar, the Praemium Imperiale, the Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre, a BASCA Fellowship, the Kennedy Center Honor and a Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for Requiem, his setting of the Latin Requiem mass which contains one of his best known compositions, Pie Jesu.

He was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen in 1992 and created an honorary member of the House of Lords in 1997.


Tim Rice has worked in music, theatre and films since 1965 when he met Andrew Lloyd Webber, a fellow struggling songwriter. Rather than pursue Tim’s ambitions to write rock or pop songs they turned their attention to Andrew’s obsession – musical theatre. Their first collaboration (lyrics by Tim, music by Andrew) was an unsuccessful show based on the life of Dr.Barnardo, the Victorian philanthropist, The Likes Of Us. Their next three works together were much more successful – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita.

Tim has since worked with other distinguished popular composers such as Elton John (The Lion King, Aida), Alan Menken (Aladdin, King David, Beauty and the Beast), Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (Chess) and most recently, Stuart Brayson (From Here To Eternity).

A new production of From Here To Eternity made its début at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre, New York, in June 2016, and further American productions are in the works. In December 2016 selections from the score were performed at three official events to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

With Alan Menken, Tim has written three songs for the new Disney film of Beauty and the Beast, released in March 2017, directed by Bill Condon, and one new song, with Pete Hobbs, for the new Roger Goldby film, Time of Their Lives, starring Joan Collins and Pauline Collins, also released in March 2017. He is also an executive producer of the latter movie.

He formed his own cricket team in 1973 and was President of MCC in 2002. He is a regular broadcaster/presenter on BBC Radio 2, drawing on his extensive knowledge of the history of popular music since Elvis was a lad. He has won several awards*, mainly for the wrong thing or for simply turning up.

*3 Oscars, 3 Tonys, 3 Golden Globes, 5 Grammys, 13 Ivor Novello Awards, Hollywood Walk of Fame etc.


Joe Kalou as Jesus

Joe Kalou as Jesus


Producer & Director Neil Gooding
Musical Director Peter Hayward
Set Designer Neil Shotter
Costume Designer Audrey Currie
Lighting Designer Sean Clarke
Sound Designer David Grigg
Make Up & Wig Designer Karen Lamont-Barnett
Assistant Directors Courtney Cassar & Denise Devlin
Props Co-Ordinator Jessica Fallico
Publicist Laura Vassallo

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