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Tickets on Sale Today for FROM HERE TO ETERNITY, Opens Sept 30


Tickets go on sale today for the world premiere of new stage musical From Here to Eternity. The show will preview at the Shaftesbury Theatre from 30th September with Press Night on 23rd October 2013. Tickets can be bought from or by calling box office on 020 7379 5399.

Adapted from one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century, this gripping tale of illicit love and army life unites the writing talents of Tim Rice (lyrics), Stuart Brayson (music) and Bill Oakes (book). It marks Tim's first new stage musical for over ten years and Stuart's West End début.

From Here to Eternity will be directed by Tamara Harvey (Educating Rita, Menier Chocolate Factory; The Kitchen Sink, Bush Theatre), designed by Soutra Gilmour (Macbeth, Trafalgar Studios; Antigone, National Theatre) and choreographed by Javier De Frutos (London Road, National Theatre; The Most Incredible Thing, Sadler's Wells). The stellar creative team also includes lighting designer Bruno Poet (Frankenstein, National Theatre), sound designer Mick Potter (Phantom of the Opera, West End/ worldwide) and orchestrator & musical supervisor David White (LES MISERABLES, West End/ worldwide). Casting is to be announced.Pearl Harbor,1941, where the girls sing "don'cha like Hawaii", the men of G Company sing the blues, and where even on an army base, love and desire are never very far away. When the troubled Private Prewitt falls for the kind hearted escort club girl Lorene, and when his platoon sergeant, Warden, embarks on a dangerous affair with his commanding officer's wife, Karen, the lives of both men are set on a course they cannot control. As war approaches, the worlds of the four lovers and the soldiers of G Company are dramatically ripped apart.

Published in 1951, From Here to Eternity was James Jones' début novel. It won him the National Book Award for fiction in 1952. It 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 film directed by Fred Zinnemann and produced by Buddy Adler, starring Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra, Montgomery Clift, Ernest Borgnine, Deborah Kerr and Donna Reed. The film won 8 Academy Awards out of 13 nominations.


Tim Rice and Lee Menzies for Eternity Productions Limited present From Here to Eternity Based on the novel by James Jones Lyrics by Tim Rice

Music by Stuart Brayson Book by Bill Oakes Director Tamara Harvey Set and costume designer Soutra Gilmour Choreographer Javier De Frutos Orchestrator and musical supervisor David White Lighting designer Bruno Poet

Sound designer Mick Potter

Shaftesbury Theatre, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8DP Previews from 30 September 2013 Press Night: Wednesday 23 October 2013, 7.00pm Box Office: 020 7379 5399

To Book online visit: Performance Times: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm, Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm Ticket Prices:

£67.50, £55.00, £45.00, £35.00, £25.00 £10 off all tickets in preview period (23 September - 29 October 2013)

Group Rates

10+ Accelerator Group Rate (book and pay by Friday 28 June 2013). Best Available seats for £39.50 20+ Accelerator Group Rate (book and pay by Friday 28 June 2013). Best Available seats for £35.00

10+ Regular Group Rate. Best Available seats for £45.00 20+ Regular Group Rate. Best Available seats for £39.50

All Group rates are valid Monday - Friday Evenings and Wednesday Matinee and exclude Saturday performances and w/c 23rd December 2013

School Rates

10+ School Rate. Best Available seats £25.00 plus 1 free teacher ticket per 10 paid pupils (every 11th ticket is free). Valid Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Evening & Matinee. All School rates exclude Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances and w/c 28th October 2013, w/c 23rd December 2013, w/c 17th February 2014, w/c 7th April 2014, and w/c 14th April 2014.


Tim Rice (LYRICS)

Tim Rice has worked in music, theatre and films since 1965 when he met Andrew Lloyd Webber, a fellow struggling songwriter. Their first collaboration was an unsuccessful show based on the life of Dr.Barnardo, the Victorian philanthropist, The Likes Of Us. Their next three works together were much more successful - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita. Tim has also worked with other distinguished popular composers such as Elton John (The Lion King, Aida), Alan Menken (Aladdin, King David, Beauty and the Beast) and Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (Chess). From Here To Eternity is his first totally new show for 13 years.

Stuart Brayson (MUSIC)

Stuart began his professional career as singer/guitarist in a rock band, Pop, which first brought him to the attention of Tim Rice. Pop toured extensively, and recorded several singles and an album. Stuart's first musical, for which he wrote book, music & lyrics, based upon his experience in the pop business, was The Boy Who Wanted More which premiered at the Buxton Festival of Musicals before transferring to Liverpool's Unity Theatre. His next musical Mata Hari, an erotic epic drama based upon the true-life story of the celebrated courtesan, dancer and spy, enjoyed a run at Blackpool's Grand Theatre. When Stuart sent his own recording of the songs from his musical interpretation of the James Jones classic From Here To Eternity to Tim Rice, he set a train of events in motion that is now leading to his West End début as a composer.

Bill Oakes (BOOK)

Bill first made his reputation in New York as head of Robert Stigwood's record company, RSO. With a roster of artists that included Eric Clapton and The Bee Gees, RSO quickly became America's most successful independent label. But it was Hollywood that soon beckoned, in the form of two ground-breaking movies, Saturday Night Fever and Grease. As music supervisor, the albums he created for these films remain the two best-selling soundtracks of all time. Bill won a Grammy Award for Saturday Night Fever and an American Music Award for Grease. He also supervised soundtracks for (among others) Alan Parker's Fame and George Lucas's The Empire Strikes Back. As a producer, Bill's film credits include, for Robert Stigwood, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Grease 2 and Staying Alive, again with John Travolta, directed by Sylvester Stallone, and Universal's The Little Rascals, which he made for Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment. Bill's screen- writing credits include Life and Soul (Granada TV), Chromium Blue (Showtime) and FAB (his film about the Beatles) and he is currently writing Trafalgar, a feature film about Horatio Nelson. For the stage, he is adapting Jonathan Livington Seagull, and collaborating on Glam!, a musical celebration of the glam-rock era.

Tamara Harvey (DIRECTOR)

Tamara has directed in the West End, throughout the UK and abroad, working on classic plays, new writing and musical theatre. World premieres include: The Kitchen Sink, The Contingency Plan and tHe dYsFUnCKshOnalZ! (Bush Theatre); Hello/Goodbye and Blue Heart Afternoon (Hampstead); Who's the Daddy? (King's Head) and Plague Over England (Finborough & West End). Other West End includes: Bash (Trafalgar Studios); Whipping It Up (New Ambassadors) and One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (Gielgud & Garrick). Further

theatre includes: Educating Rita and Smash (Menier Chocolate Factory & Theatre Royal Bath); Romeo and Juliet (Theatre of Memory at Middle Temple Hall); Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare's Globe); Dancing at Lughnasa (Birmingham Rep); Bedroom Farce (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Importance of Being Earnest (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); Touch Wood (Stephen Joseph Theatre); Closer (Theatre Royal Northampton) and Tell Me On A Sunday (UK Tour). Tamara directed the plays that form an integral part of Anonymous, the feature film by Roland Emmerich.


Theatre includes: Macbeth (Trafalgar Studios), Antigone (National Theatre), Duchess of Malfi (Old Vic), Moon on a Rainbow Shawl (National), Reasons to be Pretty (Almeida), Inadmissible Evidence (Donmar Warehouse), Double Feature In The Paint Frame (National), Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf (Sheffield Crucible / Northern Stage), In a Forest Dark and Deep (Vaudeville), Polar Bears (Donmar), The Little Dog Laughed (Garrick), Three Days of Rain (Apollo Theatre), The Pride (Royal Court), The Tragedy of Thomas Hobbes (RSC @ Wilton's Music Hall), Piaf (Donmar, Vaudeville and Teatro Liceo, Buenos Aires), The Lover and The Collection (Comedy), Our Friends in the North, Ruby Moon, Son of Man (Northern Stage), Last Easter (Bimingham Rep), Angels in America (Headlong/Lyric, Hammersmith), Bad Jazz, Brief History of Helen of Troy (ATC), The Birthday Party (Sheffield Crucible), The Caretaker (Sheffield Crucible and Tricycle), Petrol Jesus Nightmare # 5 (Traverse/Kosovo), Lovers & War (Strindbergs IntimaTheater, Stockholm), Hair, Witness (The Gate), Baby Doll, Therese Raquin (Citizens,Glasgow), Ghost City (59e59,New York), When the World Was Green (Young Vic), Modern Dance for Beginners (Soho Theatre), Through the Leaves (Duchess and Southwark Playhouse) and Shadow of A Boy (National). Opera includes: Down By the Greenwood Side/Into The Little Hill (Royal Opera House) Anna Bolena, Don Giovanni, Mary Stuart (English Touring Opera), The Shops ( Bregenz Festival), The Birds, Trouble In Tahiti (The Opera Group), El Cimmarron ( Queen Elizabeth Hall) Saul, Hansel and Gretel (Opera North), A Better Place (English National Opera) and Girl of Sand (Almeida Opera).

Javier De Frutos (CHOREOGRAPHER)

Javier De Frutos trained at the London School of Contemporary Dance and the Merce Cunningham School, New York. He was a member of Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians and appointed Choreographer in Residence at Movement Research in New York City. In 1994 he established the Javier De Frutos Dance Company which toured to great acclaim around the world. He was among the first to be made a Fellow of The Arts Council of England and represented Britain at the Venice Biennale with a trilogy of his work. His work is in the repertoire of many dance companies, including Rotterdam Dance Group, Ballet Shindowski, Nuremberg Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, The Royal New Zealand Ballet, Candoco, The Royal Ballet and Gothenburg Ballet. Theatre credits include: Carousel (Chichester Festival Theatre), Death and the King's Horseman (National Theatre) and the acclaimed West End and touring productions of Cabaret for which he won the 2007 Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer. Other credits include Macbeth (Shakespeare's Globe) and London Road (National Theatre). Awards include the 1995 Paul Hamlyn Award, 1996 Bagnolet Prix d' Auteur, 1997 South Bank Show Award, 2004 Time Out Live Award and the 2005 Critics Circle National Dance Award for Best Choreography. His recent collaboration with Pet Shop Boys The Most Incredible Thing earned Javier the 2011 Evening Standard Theatre Award, and a Critics Circle Best Choreographer nomination in 2012.


Opera and Operetta credits include: Gianni Schicchi (RAM), Die Kluge, Bastien e Bastienne, La Serva Padrona (Opera Plus), Carmen (High Wycombe), La Nozze di Figaro (High Wycombe), Cosi Fan Tutte (Bad Orb/Frankfurt Opera Orchestra), The Mayer-Lismann Opera Workshop, Porgy and Bess, HMS Pinafore (London and Broadway for New Sadlers Wells Opera), Bitter Sweet, The Gondoliers, La Belle Helene (NSWO), Candide (Wermland Opera, Karlstad). Musicals include: My Fair Lady (National Theatre, Olivier Award for Best Musical), South Pacific (National Theatre), The Far Pavilions, Martin Guerre (Olivier Award for Best New Musical), The Witches Of Eastwick, Sunset Boulevard (West End and Frankfurt), Les Miserables (West End, Stockholm, Paris, Madrid, Buenos Aries, Shanghai and

in Concert with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra), An Entertainment with Philip Quast (Donmar Warehouse with Jason Robert Brown), Chess (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra), Cordelia, Jesus Christ Superstar (Bournemouth), Yusupov (Sidmonton,Festival), Gone With The Wind (West End), Sunset Boulevard (Musical Supervisor, Orchestrator & Musical Director of new productions in Karlstad & Gothenburg Opera), and Crazy For You (Wermland Opera - summer 2011). David is currently Associate Musical Director on Lion King (West End) and was recently made a Fellow of the Royal Academy Of Music for his services to musical theatre.


Bruno has recently designed the concert lighting for the current world tour of highly acclaimed Icelandic band Sigur Rós, having previously designed the 2010 solo tour for Jónsi, their vocalist and guitarist. Working extensively in theatre his credits include productions for the RSC, Royal Court, and many regional and London theatres. For The National Theatre, Frankenstein (winner of 2012 Best Lighting Design Olivier Award and 2011 Knight of Illumination Award), Timon of Athens, London Road and Every Good Boy Deserves Favour. Other theatre credits include Cause Célèbre and All About My Mother (Old Vic); and Coram Boy (Bristol Old Vic). His numerous operatic credits include La Donna del Lago (Royal Opera House); Hansel und Gretel in his 16th consecutive season at Garsington Opera; Carmen (English National Opera); I due foscari (Los Angeles Opera, Palau de Les Arts, Valencia); Cunning Little Vixen (Royal Danish Opera); Rinaldo (Lyric Opera Chicago); Al gran sole carico d'amore (Staatsoper Berlin); Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci (Royal Danish Theatre/Den Norske Opera); Carousel (Opera North, Barbican, Théâtre du Chatelet Paris); Pelleas et Melissande (Buenos Aires); L'arbore di Diana Barcelona/Madrid/ Montpellier); I Puritani (Amsterdam, Geneva, Athens). His design for Rusalka at the Sydney Opera House won the Australian Green Room Award.


Mick has designed the sound for numerous world premiere productions including: Saturday Night Fever (London, New York, worldwide), Starlight Express (Las Vegas, USA Tour, UK tour), Bombay Dreams (London, New York), The Woman In White (London, New York), Phantom Of The Opera (London, New York, Las Vegas, worldwide), LES MISERABLES (London), Zorro (London, Paris, worldwide), The Sound Of Music (London, Toronto, UK Tour), Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (London), The Wizard of Oz (London, Toronto, US Tour), Sister Act (London, Hamburg, Stuttgart), LES MISERABLES 25th Anniversary Production (London, New York, Toronto, UK Tour, USA Tour and worldwide) and Celebration (O2 arena London), Phantom Of The Opera 25th Anniversary Celebration (Royal Albert Hall London), Love Never Dies (London, Australia), Miss Saigon (Tokyo, worldwide), Betty Blue Eyes (London), Evita (London, New York, US Tour), Barnum (London). Awards include the 2005 Olivier for The Woman In White, 2006 Parnelli USA Sound Designer Of The Year for Phantom Of The Opera in Las Vegas, 2011 Helpmann Award nominee and the Green Room Award in Australia for Love Never Dies.

Lee Menzies (PRODUCER)

Most recent productions include: Our Boys (Duchess), Leonard Bernstein's Wonderful Town (national tour), Crazy For You (Novello Theatre), David Grindley's multi award winning production of Journey's End (Duke of York's and UK tour), Butley (Duchess), Yes, Prime Minister (Apollo, Gielgud and Trafalgar Studios), Jerusalem (Apollo), Enron (Broadhurst, New York), Prick Up Your Ears (Comedy), Twelfth Night (Noël Coward), Otherwise Engaged (UK tour and Criterion), Donkeys' Years (Comedy), Whipping It Up with Richard Wilson (Ambassadors). Also, four productions with Peter Hall - Twelfth Night, The Rose Tattoo with Julie Walters and Ken Stott, Tartuffe with Paul Eddington, Felicity Kendall, John Sessions, Toby Stephens and Jennifer Ehle, and Hedda Gabler with Fiona Shaw (Olivier Award for Best Revival). And Jeffrey Archer's three plays - Beyond Reasonable Doubt (Queen's), Exclusive (Novello) and The Accused (Theatre Royal, Haymarket), the NT production of The Island (Old Vic and UK tour, EMMA Award), Jus' Like That! (Garrick and three UK tours), and Kat and the Kings (Vaudeville Theatre London, Cort Theatre New York, Frankfurt and UK tour, eight Olivier Awards including Best New Musical). Recent tours include: Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tell Me on a Sunday and the Noël Coward revue Cowardy Custard.

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