Epsom Light Opera Company

award winning theatre at the Epsom Playhouse


JCS Show Information

Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
An amateur production by arrangement with the Musical Company Ltd.

Production Team

Director: James Fortune
Musical Director: Amy Bryce
ovement Director: Matt Howes

Show Dates and Times

When: Tuesday 15th – Saturday 19th October 2019
Number of performances: A total of 6 performances
Evening Performances: 7.30pm
Saturday Matinée Performance: 2.30pm
Performed at: Epsom Playhouse, Ashley Avenue, Epsom, Surrey KT18 5AL

Launch Dates, Pre-Audition Rehearsals and Audition Dates

Show Launch Date and movement workshop: Monday 13th May 2019 (8:00pm, Good Shepherd Church Hall, Tadworth)
Pre-audition Rehearsal: 
Monday 20th May 2019 (8:00pm, Good Shepherd Church Hall, Tadworth)
Pre-audition Rehearsal: Wednesday 22nd May 2019 (8:00pm, The Vale School, Langley Vale)
Audition Date: 
Sunday 26th May 2019 (with additional/overflow date on (bank hol) Monday 27th May 2019) Click here to find out more about auditions.


Jesus Christ Superstar tells the story of biblical Jesus in the final days leading up to his crucifixion. Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, the musical has no spoken dialogue and is sometimes considered a modern rock-opera. Loosely based on the Gospels, Superstar focuses on the personal conflicts between Jesus, his disciples, the people of Israel, and the leadership of Rome. Special attention is played to the relationship between Judas Iscariot and Jesus, as well as Jesus’s relationship with Mary Magdalene. The musical is unique among biblical retellings in that it focuses on both Judas’s struggle making the decision to betray Jesus and Jesus’s human psychology, fear, and anger in understanding and accepting his role as both leader and martyr. The show is a product of its era, permeated with 1970’s rock, gospel, folk and funk themes, language and colloquialisms of the time, and high-energy dance numbers.

ELOC Rehearsal Times and Venues

Rehearsal Days: ELOC rehearse weekly, on Mondays and Wednesdays (and closer to the show on Sundays too.) Monday rehearsals are for the company (chorus and principals).
Wednesdays rehearsals are mainly for principals, and sometimes dancers. Closer to the show the ensemble are also called for Wednesday rehearsals.
Sunday rehearsals are for the company, and start about a month before show-week.

ELOC will issue a detailed rehearsal schedule once the show is cast. Please make sure you check the schedule regularly for updates and changes. It is also important to let the production team know of any planned absences, so they can plan the rehearsal schedule accordingly.

Rehearsal Times: Monday and Wednesday rehearsals start at 7.50pm for a 8.00pm sharp start.

Sunday rehearsals are planned for the following dates and times:

  • Sunday 15th September, 4pm-8pm
  • Sunday 22nd September, 4pm-8pm
  • Sunday 29th September, 4pm-8pm
  • Sunday 6th October, 4pm-8pm

Technical and Dress rehearsals are as follows:

  • Sunday 13th October - Band Call and Technical Rehearsal - Epsom Playhouse - 1:00pm* - 11:00pm
  • Monday 14th October - Dress Rehearsal - Epsom Playhouse - 6:00pm* - 11:00pm

* Start time may vary, more details nearer the event.

The Technical and Dress rehearsals sometimes finish late, we will do our best to finish as soon as we can, but please be prepared for this!

Rehearsal Venues:

Mondays/Sundays - The Good Shepherd Church Hall, Station Approach Road, Tadworth, Surrey, KT20 5AH
Wednesdays - The Vale Primary School, Langley Vale, 84-92 Beaconsfield Road, Langley Vale, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 6HP
If for any reason the rehearsal venue changes, you will be informed.

Useful Information

The Director, James Fortune, has a very comprehensive website which concerns all aspects of the show including the very latest rehearsal schedule. It can be found here: https://www.jamesfortune.co.uk/jesus-christ-superstar/

Click here to download the show Launch Pack - where you can find all the useful information in one document!

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