Tim Rice musical set for West End

Sir Tim Rice Sir Tim is reportedly keen to write a musical about the life of Machiavelli

Related Stories

Sir Tim Rice's first show in 10 years will open in the West End next year.

An adaptation of the 1951 novel - and hit film - From Here to Eternity, the musical will play at the Shaftesbury Theatre from September 2013.

Written in conjunction with composer Stuart Brayson, it follows the love affairs of US soldiers stationed in Hawaii in the run up to Pearl Harbour.

The lyricist remains best known for his partnership with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber on shows such as Evita.

The pair also co-wrote Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Speaking about the forthcoming production earlier this year, Sir Tim told the Telegraph: "This is great - two love stories unfolding with the threat of war hovering, in the wonderful setting of Hawaii, which is part incredibly beautiful and glamorous, and part very basic and stark with the barracks, and these guys cooped up and occasionally delving into the fleshpots of Honolulu."

Homosexual references

In 1953, James Jones' novel was adapted into an Oscar-winning film starring Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr.

The musical will be directed by Tamara Harvey who previously worked at London's Bush Theatre, and recently directed a national tour of Educating Rita.

In a recent interview, Sir Tim, who is the recipient of three Oscars for Evita, The Lion King and Aladdin, said the musical adaptation would include references to homosexuality from the original novel. The references were removed from the award-winning film and subsequent mini-series.

"It's quite a serious, grown-up show, but there's plenty of humour," said Sir Tim, who picked up an Olivier award for his "outstanding contribution to musical theatre" in April this year.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More Entertainment & Arts stories



  • Two sphinxes guarding the entrance to the tombTomb mystery

    Secrets of ancient burial site keep Greeks guessing

  • The chequeBig gamble

    How does it feel to bet £900,000 on the Scottish referendum?

  • Tattooed person using tabletRogue ink

    People who lost their jobs because of their tattoos

  • Deepika PadukoneBeauty and a tweet

    Bollywood cleavage row shows India's 'crass' side

  • Relief sculpture of MithrasRoman puzzle

    How to put London's mysterious underground temple back together

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.