Top Five: Biblical Shows for Easter
Shakespeare's Globe, Bankside
Union Theatre, Southwark
Here's a well-timed Easter treat. The Union continues its roll of musical treats with the 40th anniversary revival of Stephen Schwartz's hippy Broadway classic. With a book by John-Michael Tebelak, then a college student, Godspell is based on the gospel according to St Matthew, opening with John the Baptist gathering up followers and concluding with Jesus' crucifixion in a junkyard. The production, running until 7 May 2011, reunites the creative team behind the Union’s recent revival of Sondheim’s Assassins, Michael Strassen (director) and Michael Bradley (musical director). The Godspell score includes "Day by Day", "All Good Gifts" and "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord".
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
New Wimbledon Theatre
ON THE CONCEPT OF THE FACE, REGARDING THE SON OF GOD
Italian theatremaker Romeo Castellucci had planned to present his epic new, iconoclastic piece The Minister's Black Veil over Easter weekend at the Barbican, but pulled it because he felt it wasn't ready. This last-minute replacement also has a religious theme, no less controversial. An exploration of the idea of Jesus as an icon, the play unfolds in front of a giant Renaissance image of Christ and employs Castellucci's signature theatrical language to call into question mystical and theological manifestations in unsettling fashion. It runs this Easter weekend only, with performances from Thursday 21 April to Saturday 23 April. Click here for further details.
Port Talbot, Wales
WITH THANKS TO: Contributors from the Whatsonstage.com Discussion Forum, including Mark_E, armadillo and Minsky.
And if you fancy another type of theatrical outing on Easter Sunday in London, here's a reminder of current West End shows with Sunday performances - follow the links to book tickets now.