The Olivier Award-winning reimagined production of and Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s celebrated musical JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR tours the UK this spring. Ian McIntosh (We Will Rock You, Follies, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical – Olivier nominated for ‘Best Supporting Actor in a Musical) will play Jesus,
Shem Omari James (Dreamgirls UK Tour) will play Judas and Hannah Richardson (Sting’s The Last Ship) plays Mary. Further casting to be announced.
Produced by David Ian for Crossroads Live and Work Light Productions who present the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production.
Featuring lyrics and music by Emmy, GRAMMY, Oscar and Tony winners Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, this production was reimagined by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre where it originated and is helmed by director Timothy Sheader and choreographer Drew McOnie.
A global phenomenon that has wowed audiences for decades, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR’S iconic 1970s rock score was originally released as a concept album and opened on Broadway in 1971 at the Mark Hellinger Theatre. The original London production ran for over eight years. By the time it closed, after 3,358 performances, it had become the longest-running musical in West End history at that time. Jesus Christ Superstar has been reproduced regularly around the world in the years since its first appearance, with performances including a Broadway revival in 2012, an ITV competition TV show called Superstar that led to casting Ben Forster as Jesus in an arena tour of the show, and a production at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre celebrating 45 years since the musical’s Broadway debut.
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ, as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes I Don’t Know How to Love Him, Gethsemane and Superstar.
This production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival and the 2016 Evening Standard Award for Best Musical, selling out two consecutive engagements in 2016 and 2017. The production played a West End engagement at the Barbican in 2019 before returning to Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in concert version during the summer of 2020. The UK Tour runs in tandem with the hugely successful North America tour of the production which has to date played over 700 performances in over 90 venues since the tour opened in October 2019.
The 2023-2024 UK Tour of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is produced by David Ian for Crossroads Live and Work Light Productions. The original production was produced by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.
Ian McIntosh, Jesus
In 2015, Ian was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his portrayal of Barry Mann in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Aldwych Theatre) – a role he created in the West End.
Additional theatre credits include Galileo Figaro in We Will Rock You (London Coliseum, 20th Anniversary UK & Ireland Tour); Deco Cuffe in The Commitments (UK & Ireland Tour); Young Ben Stone in Follies (National Theatre); Sid Worley in An Officer and A Gentleman (UK and Ireland Tour); Bud in Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (The Criterion); Ray/Alternate Deco Cuffe in The Commitments (Palace Theatre); Alternate Drew Boley in Rock of Ages (Garrick & Shaftesbury Theatres); An Evening with Duncan Sheik & Stephen Sater (The Other Palace); Hair (European Arena Tour); High School Musical 2 (UK and Ireland Tour); Can’t Buy Me Love (UK Tour).
Film credits include Aneasthetist in the film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical (Netflix). Credits as a vocal artist include lead vocalist on Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five Animated Series (Disney Channel Worldwide). Workshop include Hugo’s Father in Hugo; Frank Sinatra in Sammy the Musical; Irving Radovich in Roman Holiday (London & Shanghai); Pip in The Navigator; Pink’s Father in The Wall – Pink Floyd Musical; Nick in The Famous Five; Michael in The Canary Girls.
Shem Omari James, Judas
Shem trained at Arts Educational Schools London. Theatre credits include Dreamgirls (UK Tour); Vanara (Hackney Empire); The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Curve) and Songs For a New World (London Palladium).
Hannah Richardson, Mary
Hannah trained at Arts Educational Schools London. Theatre credits include Cathleen and swing in Sting’s The Last Ship (USA Tour). TV Appearances include Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Late Late Show with James Corden. Short films include Marie in Then, Again.
Roles whilst training include Titania in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Blanche Du Bois in A Streetcar Named Desire, Rosalind in As You Like It and Rebecca in Pravda.