A new take on the oldest story

Pamela Raith
Pamela Raith

Jesus Christ Superstar debuted on the West End stage in 1971 and was a smash hit.

The Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber delivery told the last seven days in the life of Jesus through the eyes of the bad guy, Judas Iscariot.

In 2015, it is renowned as a theatre classic, every bit as irresistible to theatre-goers today as it was back in those early days.

From Monday, the world’s oldest story plays out from MK Theatre, with a six-day stay in town.

Glenn Carter is cast as Jesus, playing a role he knows well - having delivered the part in the West End, on Broadway and on film.

Tim Rogers becomes Judas, and former X-Factor contestant Rachel Adedeji is Mary Magdalene.

She comes to the more sedate role following a European tour as part of the Thriller Live package.

Producer Bill Kenwright and director Bob Tomson are also on board once more for the ‘masterly revival’.

Talking about the new production, Rachel said: “I’m a Christian so I’m familiar with the story from the Bible. But there are so many different ways that the story has been written and this is one of the nicest versions I’ve read.

“It’s beautiful and pretty straightforward and you don’t have to be a believer or know the story to understand the musical, you just need to sit back and watch.”

This leg of the tour actually ends later this month, but Rachel has enough to be going on with – she’s planning her big day.

“I’m getting married in August. Straight from this to getting hitched. My wedding binder comes with me everywhere,” she said.

Expect a dressing room buzzing with wedding plans between shows.

Tickets start at £15. Call to book on 0844 871 7652.