JESUS’S homecoming has been hit by delays after tour bosses decided to put back dates due to demand for the show’s international dates.
Ben Forster is due to reprise his lead role in Jesus Christ Superstar, with his part won through ITV’s talent show Superstar.
The Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber production was due to tour UK arenas, including Newcastle, next month but the dates have now been put back to October.
Producers said the rescheduling was beyond their control and is “due to the enormous demand across the Globe with tours in Australia, Europe and USA to be announced soon.”
The set back has also allowed organisers to add two more venues on to the tour which were not available in March, Leeds Arena and The Hydro in Glasgow.
Newcastle’s show, which had been due to be held on Tuesday, March 26, will now go ahead on Sunday, October 6.
All tickets sold for the initial dates will still be valid or can be refunded from where they were bought.
The production received mixed reviews when it opened last year, with the performances seen by more than 150,000 during its first run.
Its return will also see musician and comedian Tim Minchin, former Spice Girl Mel C, ex-Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles and West End regular Alex Hanson take up their roles in the cast.
Ben, a former student of Thornhill School, is set to return to Wearside later this month in another show.
He will play Brad in The Rocky Horror Show, which plays to audiences at the Empire from Monday, February 18, to Saturday, February 23.
The 31-year-old from Millfield will appear alongside X Factor’s Rhydian, former Emmerdale actress Roxanne Pallett and West End star Oliver Thornton on the 40th anniversary tour.