‘Artaban’ is a new rock musical, based on the book ‘The Other Wise Man’ by Henry van Dyke.
It’s a story, full of heart and soul, that is set over 2000 years ago, and yet is still relevant today. The perfect uplifting evening out to get us in the festive spirit.
This is not the Jesus story, rather it is the tale of an unsung hero who sacrifices his dreams to help others, set against the backdrop of the birth of Christ.
The showcase of ‘Artaban The Musical’, takes place this month (November) in Covent Garden.
Where: The Actors Church, St Paul’s, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9ED
When: 23 Nov 19.30 and 24 Nov 15.30 & 19.30
Available from: https://actorschurch.ticketsolve.com/shows/873618294
Production by: Gemstone Productions Ltd
The cast is confirmed as:
DANNY BECKER – Artaban
MATT BOND – Herod/Herod Antipas
NATALIE CHUA – Martha/Mother/Woman
CHARLES DOHERTY – Abdus/slave/ensemble
ASHFORD CAMPBELL – Tigranes/Thief/ensemble
ALISTAIR SO – Melchior* (one of the wise men)
EU JIN HWANG – Caspar* (one of the wise men)
FELA LUFADEJU – Balthazar* (one of the wise men)
JUAN JACKSON – Rhodaspes/Ensemble
MCCALLUM CONNELL – Jeweller/Innkeeper/Ensemble
SAMI LAMINE – Amos/ensemble
The team behind Artaban are seasoned professionals who have come together to bring this story to life.
The music is composed by Rick Radley – A rock and blues musician and singer/songwriter, who has worked with Billy Fury, Madeline Bell, The Flirtations, and Bruce Channel to name just a few.
The Musical Director is Kipper Eldridge – a Grammy and Emmy winning producer and musician, best known for producing and performing on Sting’s albums Brand New Day, All This Time, and Sacred Love. Kipper has written and produced for Gary Numan, Catherine Zeta Jones and Curtis Stigers and went on to play, produce and write scores for a number of Hollywood feature films.
The book, ‘The Other Wise Man’ was adapted for the stage by Daphne Lander. Daphne is a trained singer and has played leading roles in many productions both amateur and semi-professionally.
The lyrics have been written by Anne Jones, an established author of seven books, published in 18 languages worldwide. Her work as inspirational speaker and healer keeps her constantly on the move, giving seminars, talks and media appearances in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Japan, South Africa, USA and Norway.
The production, which is dedicated to all unsung heroes who’ve sacrificed their dreams to help others, is particularly relevant now when so many of us have benefited from the sacrifice of others.
Artaban debuts at The Actor’s Church ahead of a planned West End run in 2024.
About Artaban – the story
We meet ARTABAN, magi, and astrologer, in despair of a world filled with corruption, oppression, and greed. But all hope is not lost; he and his fellow magi have discovered from their studies of ancient prophecies that there will be a new leader; a king who will bring light back to the world.
This uplifting story follows the adventures of ARTABAN the fourth Wise Man on his lifelong quest to deliver his gift of gemstones to Jesus. Will he succeed? Will his sacrifices reveal the true light and purpose of his life? As the story unfolds, we are introduced to the assortment of colourful characters ARTABAN meets on his journey.
With breath-taking performances by a West End cast, we witness his struggles and achievements. The story is brought to life by the vibrant music and songs which tap into all emotions.
A rock vibe is interweaved throughout, taking you on a mesmerising journey, as the songs morph from the soulful tracks “Sacrifices of the Heart”, “Love goes on Forever” and “Journey’s End” to the gritty, impactful guitar riffs of “Herod” and “Artaban”. The rousing finale of “I Now Understand” will have you bubbling over with hand-clapping, foot-tapping joy.
For more information (and to listen to some of the original music) see: https://artabanthemusical.co.uk/
To book tickets: https://actorschurch.ticketsolve.com/shows/873618294
Written by: Sophie Inglis