Casting is announced for Tim Rice & Stuart Brayson’s new musical ‘FROM HERE TO ETERNITY’
THE PRINCIPAL CAST INCLUDES DARIUS CAMPBELL, SIUBHAN HARRISON, ROBERT LONSDALE, RYAN SAMPSON AND REBECCA THORNHILL
Casting has been announced for the world premiere of Tim Rice and Stuart Brayson’s new stage musical From Here to Eternity which begins previews at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 30 September. Darius Campbell (Chicago, West End) will play Warden, Siubhan Harrison (Grease, West End) will play Lorene, Robert Lonsdale (Anna Christie, Donmar Warehouse) will play Prewitt, Ryan Sampson (Open Court, Royal Court) will play Maggio and Rebecca Thornhill (South Pacific, UK tour) will play Karen.
The cast also includes Keisha Amponsa Banson, Marc Antolin, Julie Armstrong, James Ballanger, John Brannoch, Abigail Climer, Brian Doherty, Jessica Ellen, Dale Evans, Shimi Goodman, Kirby Hughes, Lauren Ingram, Dean John-Wilson, Joshua Lacey, Carolyn Maitland, Nuno Queimado, Lucinda Shaw, Warren Sollars, David Stoller, Rebecca Sutherland, Laura Tyrer, Adam Vaughan, Lauren Varnham, Stephen Webb and Matthew Wesley.
Last weekend in Trafalgar Square a crowd of over 10,000 people were given an exclusive chance to hear a new song from the musical, ‘Fight the Fight’, as Robert Lonsdale performed at West End Live.
Adapted from one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century, this gripping tale of illicit love and army life unites the writing talents of Tim Rice (lyrics), Stuart Brayson (music) and Bill Oakes (book). It marks Tim's first new stage musical for over ten years and Stuart's West End début.
From Here to Eternity will be directed by Tamara Harvey (Educating Rita, Menier Chocolate Factory), designed by Soutra Gilmour (Macbeth, Trafalgar Studios) and choreographed by Javier De Frutos (London Road, National Theatre). The stellar creative team also includes lighting designer Bruno Poet (Frankenstein, National Theatre), sound designer Mick Potter (Phantom of the Opera, West End/ worldwide) and orchestrator & musical supervisor David White (Les Misérables, West End/ worldwide).
Pearl Harbor,1941, where the girls sing “don’cha like Hawaii”, the men of G Company sing the blues, and where even on an army base, love and desire are never very far away. When the troubled Private Prewitt falls for the kind hearted escort club girl Lorene, and when his platoon sergeant, Warden, embarks on a dangerous affair with his commanding officer’s wife, Karen, the lives of both men are set on a course they cannot control. As war approaches, the worlds of the four lovers and the soldiers of G Company are dramatically ripped apart.
Published in 1951, From Here to Eternity was James Jones’ début novel. It won him the National Book Award for fiction in 1952. The narrative is loosely based on Jones’ experiences in the pre-World War II Hawaiian Division’s 27th Infantry and the unit in which he served. In 1953 the novel was adapted into a film directed by Fred Zinnemann and produced by Buddy Adler, starring Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra, Montgomery Clift, Ernest Borgnine, Deborah Kerr and Donna Reed. The film won 8 Academy Awards out of 13 nominations.
Darius Campbell will play Warden. His theatre credits in the West End include Billy Flynn in Chicago, Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls and Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind. Darius was classically trained with Scottish Opera as a teenager, appearing in The Trojans and Carmen (Royal Opera House). He came to fame on popular TV shows Popstars and Pop Idol. Following this, his first single Colourblind went to number one and his debut album went platinum. He has since gone on to have five UK top ten singles and a second gold album. He has supported Shakira on her world tour as well as completing his own sell-out UK Dive In tour. He has contributed to the War Child charity album and headlined in India with Alanis Morissette, where his album went platinum. In 2010 he took part in TV show Popstar to Operastar, going on to win the series. Following his success he went on to perform the role of Escamillo in Carmen at the O2. His television appearances include a guest role in BBC drama Hotel Babylon.
Siubhan Harrison will play Lorene. Her West End credits include Grease as Rizzo, Marguerite, Les Misérables, Tommy and We Will Rock You. Other stage credits include The Soft of Her Palm and In Quest of Conscience (both Finborough Theatre), Earthquakes in London (UK tour), Marianne Dreams (Almeida Theatre), Rich Isn't Easy (Tristan Bates Theatre), Bad Girls the Musical (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Stripper (UK tour) and Carmen (UK tour). Film credits include The Man Who Met Himself, Well Prepared and Little Deaths. She also featured in the BBC drama The Song of Lunch.
Robert Lonsdale will play Prewitt. His theatre credits include Brilliant Adventures (Royal Court/ Manchester Royal Exchange/Newcastle Live Theatre), A Life (Finborough Theatre), Anna Christie (Donmar Warehouse), La Bête (West End/Broadway) and The Indian Wants the Bronx (Young Vic). His television credits include Silent Witness, Lost Christmas, A Passionate Woman, Plus One, Heartbeat, Decisions, Coronation Street.
Ryan Sampson will play Maggio. He is currently performing in Open Court at the Royal Court. His other theatre credits include The Kitchen Sink (Bush Theatre), Canary (Liverpool Everyman/ Hampstead Theatre), Dido – Queen of Carthage, DNA and The Miracle (National Theatre), A Brief History of Helen of Troy (Soho Theatre), Floyd Collins and Over Gardens Out (both Southwark Playhouse), Richard III and Edward II (both Sheffield Crucible). Ryan is widely known for his roles in the popular TV sitcoms Plebs, Fresh Meat and After You’ve Gone.
Rebecca Thornhill will play Karen. She most recently played Nellie Forbush in the UK tour of South Pacific. Her many credits in the West End and on UK tour include principal and leading roles in Witches of Eastwick, Chicago, Mary Poppins, Show Boat, Les Misérables, Ragtime, The Full Monty, Beauty and the Beast, Cats and She Loves Me. She was nominated for an Olivier Award for her role as Lina Lamont in the West Yorkshire Playhouse production of Singin’ in the Rain (National Theatre). Other credits at the National Theatre include Oklahoma! which transferred to the West End.
PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS - FROM HERE TO ETERNITY
Penguin Modern Classics are publishing From Here to Eternity, with previously censored scenes and explicit language restored. Winner of the 1952 National Book Award and an acclaimed World War II classic, James Jones' epic drama of army life in the calm before Pearl Harbour is a dark and dramatic story. One of Modern Library's 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century, From Here to Eternity has been hailed a masterpiece for the way it captures the honour and savagery of men. Published 29th August in paperback, priced £9.99. For more information please contact Karen Browning on [email protected] Tel: 07739 986362.
From Here To Eternity premiered at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London’s West End on 30 September 2013.