Jesus Christ Superstar Review

New Wimbledon Theatre – until Saturday 18 May 2024

Reviewed by Carly Burlinge


New Wimbledon Theatre brings you The Regents Park Open Air Theatre Production of Jesus Christ Superstar, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lyrics by Tim Rice.

This thrilling rock musical brings alive the last seven days of Jesus’s life. Through all the twists and turns of love, despair and betrayal, seen from the perspectives of both Jesus (Ian McIntosh) and Judas ( Shem Omari James).

Judas has become dissatisfied with the way Jesus is leading his people and succumbs to political pressure, Leading him to commit the ultimate betrayal and pushing him onto a path of self destruction, that gets played out in front of our eyes.  Although at times the story becomes quite deep, dealing with difficult themes, the production also offers some comedic relief In the form of Herod (Timo Tatzber) in a sparkling gold number that had the audience laughing out aloud, as well as the Pharisees; Caiaphas (Jeb Habchi) Annas (Matt Bateman) who, maybe inadvertently, provided some humour with their performances.

Jesus, Judas and Mary (Hannah Richardson) had outstanding voices throughout the performance gaining much applause from the audience, which was well deserved. They were supported by a strong ensemble cast within the songs alongside some superb choreography that was mesmerising.

The stage was set out with a large crucifix on stage with the band in view on different levels, very cleverly done and with the clever use of lighting to highlight specific band members at key moments.

This production was definitely full, on had a lot to offer and I would definitely recommend a visit, such a enjoyable evening!