Darius Campbell in From Here To Eternity at the Shaftesbury Theatre
The Former Pop Idol Contestant Appearing in the New West End Show When It Opens in Late 2013
It was in October 2012 that it was first announced that Tim Rice would be bringing a new musical version of James Jones’s From Here To Eternity to the Shaftesbury Theatre in London’s West End. It would be the latest edition of the story following the original novel and the movie version with Burt Lancaster that emerged in the 1950s.
Now some cast members have been announced, with Darius Campbell (better known as Darius Danesh of Pop Idol fame) set to take on the lead role of First Sergeant Milton Warden. He will star alongside Robert Lonsdale, Siubhan Harrison, Ryan Sampson and Rebecca Thornhill. Tamara Harvey has been recruited to the direct the production.
Campbell first came to the public’s attention when he took part in the talent show Popstars, though he had better success year later when reached the finals of Pop Idol and subsequently entered the pop charts with various songs, including Colourblind and Rushes. He would follow this up with a career in the West End, with credits like Chicago at the Adelphi Theatre, Guys And Dolls at the Piccadilly Theatre and Gone With The Wind at the New London theatre, in addition to Carmen at The O2 Arena in 2010.
In From Here To Eternity we are introduced to a team of soldiers just before the attack on Pearl Harbour. These are men of honour whose passions are running high and their personalities were immortalised on the big screen by Burt Lancaster and others in the early 1950s. James Jones drew inspiration for the story from his own time in Hawaiian Division’s 27th Infantry prior to the Second World War.
The Shaftesbury Theatre was recently the home of Burn The Floor until that production closed at the end of last month. It welcomes From Here To Eternity later in the year and the musical is one of many new shows to emerge in the West End this year, with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory recently opening and Book Of Mormon making an impression earlier in the year.
From Here To Eternity is at the Shaftesbury Theatre from Wednesday 23rd October 2013 (previews from Monday 30th September 2013).