Tim Rice to Revive Blondel

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Tim Rice is reviving and reworking his 1983 musical Blondel at North London’s Pleasance Theatre. Previews begin Nov. 21 with an official opening night on Dec. 31.

News of the production, directed by Patrick Wilde (This Life, As If, Monarch of the Glen and Get Real), arrives in the wake of the acclaimed West End revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Rice’s Evita.

Set to the late Stephen Oliver’s music and last seen in London in 1983 at the Old Vic, Blondel, (which rhymes with "fondle") is a fame-seeking minstrel in Richard the Lionheart’s court.

Set in the 12th century, the plot resonates with 21st century issues. Blondel is caught up in the political crises of the time; the leader of the country has taken the nation to war in the Middle East, the current obsession is for fame and celebrity, illegal immigrants are treated badly and indiscriminate killers stalk the whole of Europe.

Casting has yet to be announced, but the 1983 version included Paul Nicholas in the title role, David Burt as a wicked Prince John and Maria Friedman.

For more on Blondel call (0)20 7609 1800.

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