Tim Rice and Stuart Brayson’s epic musical From Here To Eternity returns to London this October in a brand new production at
Charing Cross Theatre.
Directed by Brett Smock, this new production marks the first West End revival of From Here To Eternity since the musical first premiered at the Shaftesbury Theatre in October 2013. The show has been extensively re-worked in the intervening years and has had two successful stagings in the US.
Adapted from the classic novel by James Jones this breathtaking musical features music by Stuart Brayson, lyrics by Tim Rice and a book by Donald Rice and Bill Oakes. The musical tells the tale of illicit love and army life set against the backdrop of Pearl Harbor in 1941.
Director Brett Smock said: “After extensive development work on ‘From Here To Eternity’ in the US at The REV Theatre Company in New York and The Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine, we are thrilled to join forces with UK producer Katy Lipson/Aria Entertainment to present a powerful new production designed specifically for the intimacy of Charing Cross Theatre. Framed by a world on the brink of war, at a time when we are losing the last of the ‘Greatest Generation’, and with the 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor just last year, it feels timely to revisit this fascinating series of events.”
Lyricist Tim Rice said: “It’s wonderful to have ‘From Here To Eternity back in London. Since its world premiere in the West End in 2013, there have been two excellent productions in North America, both directed by Brett Smock, and I’m delighted he’s bringing the latest iteration of the show back across The Pond. Katy Lipson and her team are the perfect partners: young, dynamic and energetic – like the fighting men of G Company. It’s been a treat to get back to the writing desk with Stuart, too.If you like your musicals soft and fluffy, this show is not for you. We have nothing to offer but danger, betrayal, heart-break, hope, blood, sweat and tears!”
Composer Stuart Brayson said: “Since my tiny acorn of an idea that the classic James Jones novel would make a good musical – and everyone thought I was mad – I’ve been fortunate to experience its remarkable journey from early workshops at the Bridewell Theatre to a West End run, a wonderful film of the production, a successful cast album and two terrific American productions. That’s not too shabby for a self-taught musician and working class lad from Gateshead!”
The original West End production opened to positive reviews at the Shaftesbury Theatre in October 2013 starring Robert Lonsdale and Darius Campbell; it closed after 7-months having failed to catch the attention of West End theatre-goers.
Filled with great songs and hot men – this musical should do well at Charing Cross Theatre.
From Here To Eternity runs from 29 October 2022 until 17 December 2022 at Charing Cross Theatre, London.