The Loft Theatre Company ends the current season with a high-octane production of Godspell, the iconic 1970s rock musical. With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (whose latest offering Wicked continues to wow audiences in the West End), the show opened off Broadway in 1971 and ran for over 2600 performances. It proved equally successful when it opened in London, launching the career of David Essex who was chosen from 2,000 candidates for the role of Jesus.
Over forty years after its premiere the music and message of Godspell has lost none of its energy or power – hardly surprising since the story is based around St Matthew’s Gospel, which is still going strong after 2000 years! But this is no traditional re-telling of the bible story. It is an upbeat, joyful celebration of scenes from the life of Christ and re-enactment of some of his most famous parables including the Sower & the Seed and The Prodigal Son, intersected with memorable musical numbers, including Day by Day, All Good Gifts and All For The Best.
Director Tim Willis, Musical Director Matt Flint and Choreographer Robin Stokoe, have brought together an ensemble cast of talented players. They include Chris Gilbey-Smith as Jesus and Pete Bucknall in the dual role of John the Baptist/Judas.
Tim Willis says:
"To bring this wonderful show to life has required a strong cast and I am privileged to have been able to assemble a team that features well-known names from the local circuit as well as some new faces making their Loft debuts. Many of us have worked together before and hopefully this will shine through as we bring this magical musical to the stage."
Godspell runs at The Loft Theatre (see map below) from Wednesday 8 July to Saturday 18 July, with a performance each evening at 7.30pm (except Sunday).
Tickets can be booked online here, or by calling 0844 493 4938 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
Please note: The Box Office will be open on Monday 6 July and Tuesday 7 July between 7.00pm and 8.30pm and on each performance evening. Under 25s and NUS card holders can purchase tickets for just £5.00 for the performances on Monday and Tuesday 13 and 14 July (subject to availability). These tickets are only available from the Box Office on the night of the performance and cannot be pre-booked. A discount of 10% for parties of more than 10 is also available on full price tickets, excluding the performances on Saturday 11 July and Saturday 18 July.
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