Review | Jesus Christ Superstar [Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent]

The show was incarnated in the 1970’s but has stood the test of time largely due to its unique modern day twist on one of the oldest tales ever to be told.

The passionate combination of lyrics and musical score is atypical of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, and we were treated to many different music genres packed into the 90 minute performance, from hard rock, to gospel music, even a tear jerking solo ballad from the stunningly talented Hannah Richardson who played Mary Magdelene.

Luke Street as Judas literally took centre stage from the start, wowing the audience with his lyrics carefully entwining the central plot, almost in a narrator type role.

The atmosphere in the theatre continued to build as we were led through the final days of Jesus’ life. A flamboyant and eclectic performance by Timo Tatzber as King Herod brought laughter and smiles to the audience, despite the sombre meaning behind this particular part of the show.

As the story turned to the sad - and some may argue a little macabre in parts - Ian McIntosh as Jesus Christ (his name) delivered a stunning performance of (that song he sung on his own) before an artistic and sensitively portrayed retelling of the Crucifixion itself.

As Jesus Christ drew his final breaths, one could hear a pin drop in the audience. Poignant and breathtaking, with a stellar cast and superb music and stage settings, we left the theatre a little sad and most definitely in awe.

Take in the show for yourself - you won’t be disappointed!

Review written by Nikki Talbot. 

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