First ever UK arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar comes to Nottingham

Tim Minchin, Melanie C and Chris Moyles, with Andrew Lloyd-Webber, the new cast for Jesus Christ Superstar.
Tim Minchin, Melanie C and Chris Moyles, with Andrew Lloyd-Webber, the new cast for Jesus Christ Superstar.
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A STAR-STUDDED cast is set to grace the stage of the Capital FM arena in Nottingham in the autumn when a legendary rock muscial comes to town.

The Really Useful Group and AEG Live today announced the first ever UK arena tour of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, which will come to the Capital FM Arena on 19th October 2012.

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.

Tim Minchin said: “As a huge fan of Jesus Christ Superstar, I’ve always thought it needed three 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 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.

He 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.”

• Tickets for Jesus Christ Superstar are priced between £45-£65 (plus booking fee) and go on sale at 9am on Friday 18th May.

Pre-sale tickets are on sale at 9am on Thursday 17 May. (Pre-sale tickets are subject to availability and are on a first come first served basis. If you wish to receive exclusive pre-sale news simply sign up to our mailing list via this link www.capitalfmarena.com/stayintouch).

You can book your tickets via the ticket hotline on 08444 124 624, online at www.capitalfmarena.com or in person at the Box Office, Bolero Square, The Lace Market, Nottingham, NG1 1LA.