Review Round Up: Jesus Christ Superstar, Barbican Theatre

Timothy Sheader’s production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical returns to London. Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews…

(c)Johan Persson

Evening Standard: **** “It’s so fun that even atheists will enjoy it.”

The Guardian: *** “something about this Barbican transfer feels both hemmed in and overpowering, as if a big beast of an outdoor show has been trapped indoors.”

Gay Times: ***** “Jesus Chris Superstar might not be a show that’s fresh from the creators table, but this returning production has found a new home at the Barbican Centre with a cast that make it feel like it’s debut day all over again. It’s fair to say that you haven’t really ever experienced Superstar quite a brilliantly as this!”

The Stage: **** “For anyone who has not seen this production, it is still an absolute must. But compared to the high and heavenly standards it set itself three years ago,this reincarnation has lost something.”

WhatsOnStage: **** “It isn’t hard to see why the show was such a critical and audience success the first time around, and even three years down the line, the piece feels like a hot take on what could easily have become a tiring classic.”

Time Out: **** “Sallay Garnett makes for an enigmatic Mary Magdalene, with a chocolate-rich voice.”

London ***** “there’s still a pulsating theatrical energy and galvanising charge to the show, from the utterly ferocious playing of Ed Bussey’s band to an astonishingly committed company, that make this one of the most sensorially and aurally ravishing musicals in town.”

Exeunt Magazine: “Its beauty and brutality are designed not to remind you not of Jesus’s humanity, but of his divinity. Rice and Webber’s story on the other hand, has humanity at its heart.”

London Theatre1: ***** “Director Timothy Sheader and Choreographer Drew McOnie do a fantastic job with the amazingly talented cast of thirty performers and there are some really wonderful touches in the direction.”

Rewrite This Story: **** “This is a thrillingly furious, highly millennial production, in which miraculous performances are given and striking images resonate long after the curtain falls.”

British Theatre Guide: “this is a must-see production that highlights a modern relevance in our own time where instant stardom often courts rapid decline, and where social media can make or break us.”

Jesus Christ Superstar continues to play at the Barbican until the 24th August. To book tickets click here or visit: Love, From the Box Office, Last, Theatre Tickets or Encore Tickets.

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