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Shaftesbury Theatre
210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8DP

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Don't miss the world premiere production of Tim Rice's magnificent epic musical From Here To Eternity. Adapted from one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century, this gripping tale of illicit love and army life is a breathtaking, romantic and excitingly original show that is set to join the front rank of great musicals.
Lyricist Tim Rice makes his long-awaited return to the musical spotlight with From Here to Eternity. Adapted from James Jones' 1951 novel, this WWII-set tale of torrid relationships unfolds amid the swirl of events surrounding the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour.
Newcomer Stuart Brayson provides the musical settings for Rice's superb lyrics. The show's book is by Bill Oakes and it's directed by Tamara Harvey, whose recent credits include last year's acclaimed revival of Educating Rita at the Menier Chocolate Factory and on UK tour, and the UK tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tell Me On A Sunday in 2010 / 2011.
Loosely based on James Jones' own wartime experiences, the story follows several members of a military company including Private Maggio, Captain Dana 'Dynamite' Holmes and First Sergeant Milt Warden, who begins an affair with Holmes' wife Karen.
Published in 1951, From Here to Eternity was Jones' debut novel and won him the National Book Award for fiction. It spawned the Oscar-winning 1953 film starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed and Frank Sinatra, and a subsequent TV mini-series.

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Name: Mr D Tomlinson     Age: 85   
From Here To Eternity What a total disappointment having attended 22/02/14 matinee. Summing up, the show was as dull as the lighting.The music was either background to shouting dialogue to advance the plot and the few songs were readily forgettable.The updated approach to a sensitive subject was made to be vulgar and un-entertaining F'ing dialogue worse than a macho sports event.The lighting throughout was as dull as the overall performance and considering the Hawaiien setting it would have been more understanding to have lighting indicating sunshine.The performers all appeared to be working hard to make the best of poor material and they are not the failures


Name: Chad     Age: 31   
Oh dear, I just saw this on a preview performance. The show needs some work. I wanted to love this show when I entered - the source material is fantastic. About 30 minutes in, I wanted to like it. Finally, we settled for "maybe it has some rough gems that could get me through!" It did meet that. It could be a good/solid show, but it reminds me of the world premiere of "Whistle Down the Wind" in Washington, DC. And the reviews of that were...unkind. There are some potential new standards among the music - but it might be overorchestrated (and thereby lose all of the feeling and any potential moment...I'm looking at you "Love Me Forever Today" - would it have killed them to allow it just to be their voices and the guitar rather than a ridiculous swelling orchestra?). That said, there are a few songs that I could hear becoming classics. The performances are good, but in some parts are uneven. The male leads have an edge over the women. Robert Lonsdale and Ryan Sampson are particularly well cast. The love duets seem to be oddly not fully practiced in some parts - with a lack of timing to be an issue in a few points. The choreography - in and of itself - was good, servicable - nothing unexpected, nothing amazing, but not boring. But, let's talk about the dancing. It's ok to have "sloppy" dancing - if the characters are NOT military, which makes the dancers being out of sync even more brutally apparent. The sets are nice, lighting has some good moments (and either missed cues or misplaced actors). Finally, I found the idea that Prewitt sings the last song to be either a fault of the book or awkward direction. Anytime a dead character comes back at the end for a rowsing choral number...well. He dead.