Jesus Christ Superstar: The Concert (2020)
14 August – 27 September
lyrics by TIM RICE
music by ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
In 2020, Covid-19 saw all theatres in the UK close. Our planned productions were rescheduled to 2021. On 9 July the UK government announced that outdoor theatres could reopen. Following stringent safety guidelines, which meant that we could only sell 390 of our usual 1256 seats (to enable social distancing in the auditorium), on 14 August, we opened Jesus Christ Superstar: The Concert. This was the first live West End production to reopen during the Covid crisis.
A restaging of our 2016 production, cast members from the Open Air Theatre, Barbican and North American productions came together to present a unique socially distanced performance. In the 50th anniversary of the Superstar album release, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber visited the production, which played for six weeks to sell out capacity. A giant LED screen was added to the venue’s lawn to give more people chance to experience the production.