Newcomer Connor Arnold will star in a new version of Tim Rice’s musical comedy Blondel.

The off-West End production will receive its London premiere at the Union Theatre, playing from 21 June 2017 until 15 July 2017.

The original production of Blondel premiered in the West End in 1983 starring Paul Nicholas and ran for two years.

It was also the first musical Rice wrote with a composer other than Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Rice said: “I’m delighted Blondel is returning to the stage. It was one of the most enjoyable projects of my career, and I’ve always felt Stephen Oliver’s wonderful music deserved a larger audience than it reached back in 1983”.

Set in the period of the Third Crusades, Blondel is a comic rock musical which follows the trials and triumphs of an ambitious minstrel in King Richard the Lionheart’s court.

Blondel is directed by Sasha Regan with choreograph by Chris Whittaker, musical direction by Simon Holt, design by Ryan Dawson Laight and lighting by Iain Dennis.