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Cast announced for return engagement
The Regent's Park Open Air Theatre have announced that Declan Bennett will return to the outdoor venue this summer to play the role of Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar alongside Tyrone Huntley as Judas, David Thaxton as Pilate and Peter Caulfield as Herod.
The production has also extended its summer run where it is now running from 11 August to 23 September 2017.
The Olivier Award-winning Best Revival of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar originally ran the Open Air Theatre last summer. Directed by Timothy Sheader it features design by Tom Scutt, choreography by Drew McOnie, musical supervision by Tom Deering, lighting design by Lee Curran and sound design by Nick Lidster for Autograph.
After a sell-out run in 2016, the production won the Evening Standard Award for Best Musical and the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival. It also received a further five Olivier Award nominations, for Best Theatre Choreography, Best Lighting, Best Sound, Outstanding Achievement in Music and Best Actor in a Musical (for Tyrone Huntley). It was also announced that the production would open at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in April 2018.
Declan Bennett 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.
Tyrone Huntley won the Evening Standard Emerging Talent Award for his performance as Judas in 2016, as well as an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. He previously appeared in the Open Air Theatre production of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Memphis (Shaftesbury), Hairspray (Curve), The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales) and most recently as C.C.White in Dreamgirls (Savoy).
Jesus Christ Superstar tickets are now on sale.