Rock Opera Jesus Christ Superstar heading to Shrewsbury

By Sue Austin | Shrewsbury | Shrewsbury entertainment | Published:

As a Shropshire amateur operatic society enters its final rehearsals for Jesus Christ Superstar, news has been released of a 50th anniversary superstar tour of the rock opera in the USA.

David Sudlow as Jesus

Shrewsbury Amateur Operatic Society has found itself 'on trend' as it has emerged that world famous rock musicians could be lining up to take on the role of Jesus for the North American production.

The performance at Theatre Severn from June 12-15 will feature Shrewsbury Amateur Operatic Society and David Sudlow in the lead role of Jesus.

While the original Jesus Christ Superstar was set in the 1970s the operatic society is bringing its production into current times.

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 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."

Shrewsbury society’s director Roger Ashford: “When Lloyd Webber and Rice wrote the show 50 years ago in the 1970s, they set it in 70s. So why wouldn’t you want to do that with today’s problems and bring it right up to date?

“Our version is set in the now. We’ve respected what we’re working with, but we’ve given it a modern take. It’s powerful, it’s moving and it’s going to be spectacular,” he added.

The Theatre Severn production sees Judas will be played by Crayg Wellbeloved, Annas by Kevin Sudlow, Simon by Scott Sutherland, Peter by Brandon Corfield, Caiaphas by Andrew Wright, Herod by Ben Davies, Pilate by Dan Wrench and Mary by Ros Hodges.

Tickets for Jesus Christ Superstar, the Salopian version, are available at Theatre Severn 01743 281281 or email

Sue Austin

By Sue Austin
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