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Epic musical show Jesus Christ Superstar breaks box office records for Gloucester Operatic and Dramatic Society

By citizenmike  |  Posted: March 10, 2014

Jon Moses, from TV's Superstar programme, will play Jesus

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AN EPIC production of hit musical Jesus Christ Superstar at Gloucester Cathedral has broke all box office records for the theatre group who are putting it on stage.

The Gloucester Operatic and Dramatic Society will perform the popular Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical from March 25 to 29 to celebrate their 100th birthday.

The show will star Jon Moses, a finalist in Lloyd-Webber’s Superstar TV programme.

But he will be supported by a stellar cast from the amateur dramatics company and live music from the Queens Philharmonic Orchestra.

Jon, who plays Jesus, stars alongside Daniel Haslam, as Judas. He has previously starred in UK tour of A Christmas Carol.

Artistic director Jerry Lane said: “The show is selling amazingly well and has broken all previous GODS box office sales.”

The six much-anticipated performances will be launched with a VIP red carpet night on March 25.

Top price ticket holders are also being given the chance to meet the cast at a drinks ‘meet and greet’ session.

Tickets are selling so quickly that some groups have struggled to get through to the box office.

Peter Clifton, secretary for the Gloucestershire Gay and Lesbian Community, said that the phones lines had been ‘permanently engaged’ as he tried to book tickets for his group – but added he was ‘delighted’ that tickets were going so well.

Mr Lane said: “The advertised box office telephone number is correct but due to the volume of sales it is at times extremely busy.”

There will be performances at 7.30pm each evening, with a 2pm matinee on the Saturday.

Tickets range from £15 to £50. Call the box office on 0845 652 1823 from 10am until 4pm Monday to Friday or visit www.tickets.gloucestercathedral.org.uk where you can select your seats.

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  • paulev  |  March 12 2014, 1:07PM

    I heartily agree with Mrs Jones. Whilst the days of 16 day runs and queues around the block may be a thing of the past, I have grave misgivings about any amateur operatic and dramatic society celebrating their centenary by using paid actors. In this current economic climate, short runs are practically universal in amateur theatre but this ridiculous concept of paying performers – amateur or professional – for an amateur show is an extremely questionable practice. Aside from the wholly unnecessary and arguably scandalous expense, it brings into question the societies status as a charitable body and teeters on the edge of licence infringement. If the GODS feel the need to pay lead performers as they are better able to sing the score, then they should have chosen something else to perform! Is anybody still monitoring how the funds are being spend?

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  • MrsJones21  |  March 11 2014, 5:02PM

    Check your facts - the GODS have done 16 day runs on previous productions selling completely out with queues around the block. And also there are hardly any GODS members appearing in the production!!! Hardly celebrating 100 years of an AMATEUR society!

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  • meymey  |  March 10 2014, 10:22PM

    http://tinyurl.com/pkcbg7y nope nothing here ?

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