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, performed by Robert Lonsdale at West End Live.
Adapted from James Jones’ classic 1952 novel, From Here To Eternity's tale of illicit love and army life unites the writing talents of Tim Rice (lyrics), Stuart Brayson (music) and Bill Oakes (book). It's Rice's first new stage musical for over ten years and Brayson'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 story takes place in 1941 against the backdrop of the events of Pearl Harbour, on an army base where love and desire are never very far away.
Troubled Private Prewitt falls for kind-hearted escort club girl Lorene, and his platoon sergeant, Warden, embarks on a dangerous affair with his commanding officer’s wife, Karen. Their respective affairs of both men set their lives on a course they cannot control.
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 multi-Oscar winning movie starring Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra, Montgomery Clift, Ernest Borgnine, Deborah Kerr and Donna Reed.