Sunderland’s Jesus takes to the small screen

Tim Minchin (left), who plays Judas Iscariot, and Ben Forster, who plays Jesus, during rehearsals
Tim Minchin (left), who plays Judas Iscariot, and Ben Forster, who plays Jesus, during rehearsals
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SUNDERLAND’S Messiah is to become a star of the small screen once more.

Ben Forster, 31, who won the lead role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, announced on Twitter he was at the screening of the DVD of the hit show.

He said: “Going to the screening of the DVD #JesusChristSuperstar today. Then seeing my amazing cast from JCS to have a well earned drink with them.”

He then tweeted a link to 
fans to pre-order the DVD, which is available from November 19.

The former Thornhill school pupil performed his final role as Jesus in the rock opera on Monday in Sheffield, and co-star Chris Moyles, who played King Herod, tweeted a picture of Ben on the cross, saying: “Jesus on a cross hanging from the sky, in Sheffield. Last night of @jcsthemusical with Ben Forster.”

Ben starred alongside the former Radio 1 DJ, as well Spice Girl Melanie C, and comedian Tim Minchin who co-wrote the award winning West End musical Matilda.

Ben, from Millfield, beat thousands of contenders to win the role of Jesus on the ITV1 show Superstar earlier this year and has toured the country in the new staging of the musical, which has received excellent reviews, and this year celebrates 40 years since it first hit the West End stage.

Ben will return to Wearside next year as Brad in a tour of The Rocky Horror show, which will also be celebrating its 40th anniversary.

He will perform alongside former X Factor contestant Rhydian Roberts and ex-Emmerdale actress Roxanne Pallett.

Starring in the show will be the first time the actor has performed on the Sunderland Empire stage, as Jesus Christ Superstar only got as close to Wearside as the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle.

The Rocky Horror Show is at Sunderland Empire from February 18 to 23.

For more information visit www.sunderlandempire.org.uk.

Twitter: @Monica_ Turnbull