Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Tour
Stars align for first ever UK Arena Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar TICKETS ON SALE 9am FRIDAY 18th May
Tim Minchin, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Melanie C and Chris Moyles





The Really Useful Group and AEG Live today announce the first ever UK arena tour of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary rock classic Jesus Christ Superstar.

Award-winning musical comedian Tim Minchin – also the co-writer of West End smash musical Matilda – is confirmed for the role of ‘Judas Iscariot’. Three million album selling pop icon and former Spice Girl Melanie C will take the only female lead as ‘Mary Magdalene’, and BBC Radio 1’s Breakfast Show host Chris Moyles will make his major stage debut as ‘King Herod’, in what is set to be one of the biggest and most impressive arena tours to hit the UK.

The ITV primetime show ‘Superstar’ will give the UK public the chance to decide who will play the starring role of ‘Jesus’, with a panel of live show judges led by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Celebrating 40 years since it first opened in London’s West End, the Jesus Christ Superstar arena tour kicks off in London on 21 September before visiting Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Cardiff, Birmingham, Belfast, Dublin, Liverpool and Nottingham. The tour culminates in Sheffield on 21 October.

Tickets for the UK tour priced £45-65 go on sale at 9.00am on Friday 18 May.

Andrew Lloyd Webber said:

“Jesus Christ Superstar began life as an album followed by a sell-out arena tour of the US.  Our very first show was at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where we played to over 13,000 people.  Tim and I have always wanted to take Superstar back to its roots and we are both delighted that it will finally play an arena tour in the UK in venues where many of the world’s great rock acts have gone before.  We’re thrilled to have such great talent in the cast for the new show – they are all true ambassadors of UK entertainment. The re-mastered album sounds fantastic and we hope that fans both old and new will enjoy it.”

Tim Minchin said:

“As a huge fan of Jesus Christ Superstar, I’ve always thought it needed 3 key things: a big cast and band; loads of volume; and me playing Judas. I’ve been in two small productions of the show, and understudied the big man both times. I am really bloody excited about this.”

Melanie C said:

“I have been lucky enough to perform at  arenas across the globe and to star in London’s West End but taking on the role of Mary Magdalene in the incredible Jesus Christ Superstar has to be one my most exciting challenges to date.

I can’t wait to take the show to some of my favourite venues in the UK with such a talented and formidable cast including Tim and Chris.”

Chris Moyles said:

“To receive a phonecall from Andrew is very cool, but then when he asks you to be in his musical that’s pretty amazing and there is only one thing to respond with… And that is yes! Absolutely! My mum’s gonna be well excited!”

The original multi-million selling Jesus Christ Superstar double-album, released in 1970, became a No.1 hit record in the US charts and spawned the live show phenomenon. The album features Ian Gillan as ‘Jesus’, Murray Head as ‘Judas Iscariot’, Mike d’Abo as ‘Herod’ and Yvonne Elliman as ‘Mary Magdalene’, plus legendary rock music session musicians such as Neil Hubbard (Bryan Ferry, BB King, Elton John), Chris Spedding (Roxy Music, John Cale), Alan Spenner (Joe Cocker, Peter Frampton) and Bruce Rowland (Paul McCartney’s Wings, Fairport Convention). The album has been digitally re-mastered and will be released on 16 July through Polydor.

The Jesus Christ Superstar arena tour is a co-production between AEG Live, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Really Useful Group.  ‘Superstar’ is an ITV Studios Production for ITV1. Jesus Christ Superstar the album is released by Polydor, a division of Universal Music.

Jesus Christ Superstar Tour Dates:

Friday 21 September           London O2 Arena
Tuesday 25 September        Glasgow SECC
Friday 28 September           Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Sunday 30 September         Manchester Arena
Tuesday 2 October               Cardiff Motorpoint
Thursday 4 October             Birmingham NIA
Tuesday 9 October                Belfast Odyssey (on sale 24th May at 9am)
Friday 12 October                 Dublin O2 (on sale 24th May at 9am)
Tuesday 16 October             Liverpool Echo Arena
Friday 19 October                 Nottingham Capital FM Arena
Sunday 21 October               Sheffield Motorpoint

Posted on: 16th May 2012
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19 thoughts on “Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Tour

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  2. I am soooooo excited about this coming to Liverpool!! I will be sitting up to get my ticket on 18th x

  3. i love Jesus,without him,i can’t walk this life,Jesus is my life.and my saviour forever more

  4. PLEEEEEAAASSEEE tell me that they’ll record this production!! If I could only afford it I would fly all the way from Australia to see this.

  5. and the south being the most populated and we just get one gig in the city! common guys think about us please put on more dates or bring it down to the coast. cant wait to see it if i’m lucky.

  6. I hope they release a recording with the Arena Tour cast. I’m a huge Tim Minchin and JCS fan but sadly I’m in Australia :(

  7. This is the most fab news that I have heard since watching the DVD 10 yrs ago, can’t wait till Fri to get some tickets!

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  9. FANTASTIC news. Melanie C has a superb range and was sensational in ‘Blood Brothers’. Tim is an exciting casting too.

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  11. I have waited for years for another production of this show! I saw it twice in the theatre with the fantastic Glenn Carter and the team who are in the film of the stage production. Surely we can’t expect any one to live up to his depiction of Jesus but it’s gonna be an exciting time finding the right man! Exciting!!!!

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  13. Delighted this show is coming to the O2 in Dublin. I have loved JCS ever since I saw it first nearly forty years ago. I never get tired of it. Always unfailingly moving. Inspired casting to have Tim Minchin as Judas.

  14. Have got tickets for Birmingham. Cannot wait to see this show especially with Tim Minchin, Mel C and Chris Moyles.

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