A musical phenomenon set to rock

Jesus and his disciples, from left, Joseph Coulson as Judas, Gary Eglinton as Peter, Ian Bianchi as Jesus, Lucy McCabe as Mary Magdalene and Phil Martin as Simon.
Jesus and his disciples, from left, Joseph Coulson as Judas, Gary Eglinton as Peter, Ian Bianchi as Jesus, Lucy McCabe as Mary Magdalene and Phil Martin as Simon.
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The global phenomenon rock opera, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, is being staged with Dryburn Theatrical Workshop next week.

The musical, by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, tells the timeless story of Jesus through the eyes of Judas Iscariot.

The show is based on the Gospels’ accounts of the last week of his life, beginning with the preparation for the arrival of Jesus and his disciples in Jerusalem and ending with the crucifixion.

Lee Passmoor, Chairman of Dryburn Theatrical Workshop, said: “We’re hugely excited to be putting on ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and are really fortunate to have a large and very talented cast and production team to deliver it.

“The show provides powerful drama, songs, music and entertainment for all the family.”

Dryburn Theatrical Workshop has a long history of successful performances, bringing together a talented local cast, impressive productions and loyal audiences from across Durham, Chester-le-Street and the North East.

Show times are at 7.15pm from Wednesday, June 15, to Saturday, June 18, at the Park View Theatre in Chester-le-Street, DH3 3QA.

Tickets are £10 for adults and £9 for children and concessions, with reductions on block bookings available.

They can be booked on 0191 388 3362, 07468 607420 or at www.dryburntheatricalworkshop.ticketsource.co.uk
Dryburn Theatrical Workshop – www.dryburntheatricalworkshop.co.uk – was formed in 1978 by a small but enthusiastic group of staff at the former Dryburn Hospital in Durham.

It now has nearly 50 members aged from 12 years and upwards.

The group brings together an eclectic mix of talented local people, keen to learn and entertain, and has earned a reputation for high production standards and for developing young performers.

Previous shows have ranged from traditional and well known pantomimes such as ‘Dick Whittington’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’, ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Robinson Crusoe’, to lively modern musicals, such as ‘Our House’, ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, ‘Avenue Q’ and the North East amateur premiere of ‘Acorn Antiques, the Musical!’.

Dryburn Theatrical Workshop’s winter pantomime for 2016-17 will be ‘Cinderella’, from January 14 to 18, 2017.