Tim Rice's hotly-anticipated new musical adaptation of From Here To Eternity has found its cast. The show commences previews at the West End's Shafetesbury Theatre on 30 September, with its official opening on 23 October.
The principal players will be Darius Campbell (pictured, with Rebecca Thornhill) as Warden, Siubhan Harrison as Lorene, Robert Lonsdale as Prewitt, Ryan Sampson as Maggio and Rebecca Thornhill as Karen.
Campbell has previously appeared in the West End in Chicago at the Garrick Theatre. Harrison's credits include Grease at the Piccadilly Theatre. Lonsdale's London stage work includes Anna Christie at the Donmar Warehouse. Sampson's credits include Open Court at the Royal Court, and Thornhill counts the UK tour of South Pacific among her recent work.
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.
From Here To Eternity is adapted from James Jones' novel, which is loosely based on his wartime experiences. It follows the fortunes of several members of a military company including Captain Dana 'Dynamite' Holmes and First Sergeant Milt Warden, who begins an affair with Holmes' wife Karen.
Published in 1951, From Here to Eternity won Jones the National Book Award for fiction. It spawned an Oscar-winning 1953 film starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed and Frank Sinatra, as well as a subsequent TV mini-series.
Censors famously toned down several homosexual elements of the story in both the novel and film. Speaking to the Telegraph recently, Tim Rice said: 'There’s a lot of tension in the relationships between the men in the book, which are at times gay, at other times simmering, and it’s something we definitely won’t keep out of the show.'
The show signals Rice's long-awaited return to the musical spotlight, with newcomer Stuart Brayson providing the musical settings for his lyrics.
The show’s book is by Bill Oakes and it's directed by Tamara Harvey, whose recent credits include last year's acclaimed revival of Educating Rita at the Menier Chocolate Factory and on UK tour, and the UK tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tell Me On A Sunday in 2010 / 2011.