Review: Jesus Christ Superstar, Irving Stage Company, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, until Saturday

The Irving Stage Company performing 'Jesus Christ Superstar' at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds

The Irving Stage Company performing 'Jesus Christ Superstar' at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds this week. Jonathan Lodge as Jesus. - Credit: Archant

Talent abounds in the ranks of the Irving Stage Company and there’s a bountiful supply on display in their latest production.

Talent abounds in the ranks of the Irving Stage Company and there’s a bountiful supply on display in their latest production.

From thrilling and passionate singing to dynamic and colourful dance routines there are superstars in abundance in this incredibly powerful and dramatic rock opera from the famous duo of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

None more so than the lead role of Jesus which is portrayed by Jonathan Lodge who shines through with his passion and amazing vocal dexterity. His torment and torture and subsequent death on the cross brings you close to tears.

And there cannot be many in the audience who didn’t flinch at the 39 lashes he had to endure.


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Those talents are matched wonderfully by a convincing Judas Iscariot, played by Glen Connor, whose betrayal of Jesus is so convincing as the story unfolds telling the last days of Jesus of Nazareth’s life through the eyes of Judas. Add into the mix Victoria Robson’s truly lovely silky voice, in her role of Mary, (her rendition of “I Don’t Know How To Love Him” being one of the stand out moments of the evening) and you have all the ingredients you need for a top class show by this much-loved amateur group.

Others who impress are Lee Berry, as Pilate, and Brian Carmack, as Herod.

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It continues tonight and again tomorrow at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

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