Last chance to see Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar has extended its season to 23rd September 2017 – giving audiences a final chance to see this acclaimed production in its original home.

The production returned to the Open Air Theatre following a sell-out run in 2016, with critics proclaiming it “adrenaline-pumping” (The New York Times), “a gorgeous, thrilling, heavenly musical” (The Guardian), “vivid and compelling” (Evening Standard), “an almighty revelation” (Daily Telegraph).

Directed by Timothy Sheader, the production won the 2016 Evening Standard Award for Best Musical, and the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, with the Open Air Theatre announced as ‘London Theatre of the Year’ in The Stage Awards 2017. Tyrone Huntley who reprises his role as Judas this year, also won the Evening Standard Award for Emerging Talent, and was nominated as Best Actor in a Musical in the Olivier Awards. The production also picked up Olivier Award nominations for Best Lighting, Best Sound, Outstanding Achievement in Music, and Best Theatre Choreography.

Discounts available for groups of 10 or more.

For more information call the Box Office on 0844 826 4242 or visit www.openairtheatre.com/jesuschristsuperstar.

Stuff and nonsense at Jacksons Lane

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Managing Editor Abbe Bates and her son Herbie enjoyed a performance of Goldilocks and The 3 Bears in London recently at the lovely Jacksons Lane theatre in Highgate. The children’s story is brought to life by kids theatre company Stuff and Nonsense with amazing costume, puppetry and acrobatics, and some witty dialogue too. It was Herbie’s first visit to the theatre, and he thoroughly enjoyed it! The show is currently on tour until June.

Gemma Arterton parks up in west end

Made In Dagenham

Gemma Arterton is to play Rita O’Grady in the musical adaptation of Made in Dagenham.

Former Bond girl Gemma Arterton is to lead the new stage adaptation of Made in Dagenham, opening at the Adelphi Theatre with previews on 9th October.

Based on the British film of the same name, multi-award winning Rupert Gould will direct the musical, with Arterton taking on the main role of Rita O’Grady alongside Adrian Der Gregorian playing husband Eddie.

Inspired by true events, Made In Dagenham dramatises the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant in Essex, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination. The musical follows Rita as it’s announced that the female machinists, working in the factory’s sewing room, will have their pay grade dropped to ‘unskilled’. Drawing on a strength she never knew she had, Rita leads her co-workers in a battle against the might of Ford and the corruption of the Union supposed to protect them.

Earlier this year, Gemma Arterton played the title role in the Globe’s Duchesss of Malfi, and her film credits include St Trinian’s, Tamara Drew and Quantum of Solace. Her role in Made in Dagenham will be the actress’ musical theatre debut.

With a book by Richard Bean, writer of the global success One Man, Two Guvnors, the show also features original music by Grammy Award-winning composer, David Arnold and Oliver-Award winning Richard Thomas.

Made in Dagenham runs from 9th October to 28th March 2015 at the Adelphi Theatre. Discounts apply to groups of 10 or more. For further information, telephone 0844 412 4650.