Rehearsals are under way for Regents Park Open Air Theatre’s revival of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s icon rock musical, Jesus Christ Superstar.
Declan Bennett – EastEnders’ Charlie Cotton – is set to play Jesus. Declan, the original lead in the London cast of Once, also appeared in Boy George’s musical, Taboo (Venue Theatre), RENT ( US tour and Broadway) and American Idiot (Broadway).
As a solo singer-songwriter he achieved five UK Top 20 singles and a UK Top 20 album with Brit Award nominated band Point Break.
Tyrone Huntley (Memphis, Hairspray, The Book of Mormon) returns to Regents Park, where he appeared in the acclaimed Porgy and Bess, to take the role of Judas. Later in the year he moves to the West End for Dream Girls.
In other casting Anoushka Lucas, David Thaxton, Cavin Cornwall, Peter Caulfield, Phil King, Joel Harper-Jackson and Sean Kingsley.
Cavin Cornwall previously played Caiaphas on the UK tour of Jesus Christ Superstar having originally played Peter in the 1999 film version.
He has also appeared as Billy Flynn in Chicago (Adelphi), Crown in Porgy and Bess (Savoy), and in the 2012 film version of Les Misérables. . 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 and Rhys Whitfield.
The Soul Girls will be played by Genesis Lynea, Rosa O’Reilly and Shanay Holmes.
It is 45 years since Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s seminal musical first hit the stage with a legendary score that included I Don’t Know How to Love Him, Gethsemane and Superstar.
This revival will be directed by the Open Air Theatre’s artistic director, Timothy Sheader.
Jesus Christ Superstar follows Henry V into Regents Park Open Air Theatre, running from July 15 – August 27.