Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar

Barbican Centre · 04 JUL - 24 AUG

Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, this ‘adrenaline-pumping’ (New York Times) production is back

“The best of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s early work in on show in London at the moment. Sheridan Smith and Jason Donovan are starring in the London Palladium’s big summer musical of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat but if you head over the Barbican you can also catch Jesus Christ Superstar which is playing through till the end of August. Wonderful to see Lloyd Webber’s musicals are still as popular as ever.”
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27 June 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Will Timothy Sheader’s staging of the iconic Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice concept-album-turned-musical be as much a revelation in the confines of the Barbican as it was at the Open Air Theatre a couple of years back? I certainly hope so because it was a stunner. Almost up there with miracles like turning water into wine. Sheader’s production is full of smart cultural references and it is not just gloriously entertaining, it also stands as a biting comment on religious and political fanaticism. The success owes a great deal to Tom Scutt’s design and Drew McOnie’s choreography. If it’s half as heavenly as it was you should experience rapture.”

Overview

Originally written as a rock opera album, Jesus Christ Superstar made its explosive debut on the Broadway stage in 1971. The show transferred to the West End the following year where it ran for eight years and went on to become one of the most enduring musicals of its time.

Its rock musicians, contemporary design and thrilling choreography make this energetic and emotionally charged production unforgettable.

Critic reviews

Timothy Sheader’s extraordinary Jesus Christ Superstar is somewhat diminished in the Barbican

The Stage

Webber's tunes remain as tricky as ever, but on the whole, the cast does a fine job of tackling them

WhatsOnStage

The richly textured score – roars of rock, lilting ballads and pounding choral numbers – has probably never sounded better

The Arts Desk

The Open Air Theatre’s bombastic Lloyd Webber smash moved indoors for its third stint

Time Out

So much fun even atheists will be converted

Evening Standard

Timothy Sheader brings his Regent’s Park rock concert indoors for a show that celebrates lung power over tenderness

The Guardian

A heavenly balance of everything that can make contemporary musicals so great

Broadway World

One of the most sensorially and aurally ravishing musicals in town

London Theatre

It is Drew McOnie’s choreography which is the true star

Musical Theatre Review

Beauty and brutality

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Date & time

Until 24 Aug
Thu 4 Jul - Sat 24 Aug, 2.15pm & 7.45pm

Venue

Barbican Centre
Silk Street EC2Y 8DS London, UK · Get Directions
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