As rehearsals start for Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, full casting is announced.
As previously announced, Declan Bennett plays the role of Jesus. Declan was the original lead in the London cast of Once (Phoenix), and has also appeared in Boy George’s musical Taboo (Venue Theatre), RENT (US tour and Broadway), American Idiot (Broadway) as well as on BBC’s EastEnders as Charlie Cotton. As a solo singer-songwriter, his album Record:BREAKUP was released as a live acoustic version in 2013. He achieved five UK Top 20 singles and a UK Top 20 album with Brit Award nominated band Point Break.
The following casting has also been confirmed. Tyrone Huntley will play Judas, with 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.
Tyrone Huntley has appeared in Memphis (Shaftesbury), Hairspray (Curve) and received a BroadwayWorld Award nomination for The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales). 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).
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) and has appeared as both Enjolras and Javert in Les Misérables (Queens), Raoul in Love Never Dies (Adelphi), Maximillian in Candida (Menier) 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), Crown in Porgy and Bess (Savoy), and the 2012 film version of Les Misérables.
Peter Caulfield has appeared in One Man, Two Guvnors (National and Theatre Royal Haymarket), Into the Woods (Royal Opera House), Enron (Chichester and Noel Coward), and 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). As a musician, Phil 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 (Aldwych), and has played Che in Evita (Slovenia), Josh in Picture Perfect (St James), RENT (UK Tour), and the all-male Pacific Overtures (Union).
Sean Kingsley has appeared in Jersey Boys (tour), Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace), Little Shop of Horrors (Birmingham Rep), Mamma Mia (International Tour) and the film version of London Road.
Also joining the Company are 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, Rhys Whitfield, and The Soul Girls will be played by Genesis Lynea, Rosa O’Reilly and Shanay Holmes.
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 (Wonder.land, 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).
The 2016 Open Air Theatre season also includes Michael Morpurgo’s Running Wild, adapted for the stage by Samuel Adamson (playing until 12 June), Henry V starring Michelle Terry in the title role (17 June – 9 July) and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, adapted for the stage by Simon Reade, featuring Felicity Montagu as Mrs Bennet (2 Sep – 17 Sep, prior to a UK tour).
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR plays at Regents Park Open Air Theatre 15 July – 27 August 2016. Tickets