Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat – Re-imagined!
Joseph is back in London at last! This musical really is a proper musical, told in song from end to end like an opera. It's a show that features only a few rare moments of actual spoken dialogue. The plot is family-friendly and the music will probably feel familiar even if you haven't consciously heard it before. According to the Really Useful Group, the owner of the copyright, by 2008 more than 20,000 schools and amateur theatre groups had produced the musical, all over the world.
Based on the story of Joseph's coat of many colours from the Book of Genesis, these days Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat is a genuine icon of a show. So what's the story?
The Narrator reveals a popular bible legend that follows the lives of Jacob’s favourite son, Joseph, and his eleven brothers. When Joseph's brothers sell him into slavery he makes friends with the Egyptian nobleman Potiphar. But he refuses to sleep with Potiphar's wife and gets thrown into jail. While he's there, Joseph realises for the first time that he can actually interpret dreams. The Pharaoh, a troubled character, hears about the young man's unusual talent and brings Joseph in to try to resolve Egypt’s terrifying famine. Having become the Pharaoh’s trusted right hand man, Joseph is ultimately reunited with his family.
This is a brand new production created in celebration of the show's 50th anniversary, and it's on at the London Palladium in the summer of 2019 for a strictly limited season.
Joseph has a sparkling history. It enjoyed its professional premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival in 1972, produced by the Young Vic Theatre Company. By 1973 it had hit the West End, and it enjoyed a long run of regular West End and Broadway revivals in the years to follow. A direct-to-video film of the show was created in 1999, starring Donny Osmond as Joseph. And the last West End revival was in 2007, running for two years. In 2016 Bill Kenwright directed a touring production starring Joe McElderry, making this latest revival a long-awaited treat for the capital.
The show is stuffed with brilliant show tunes including Close Every Door, Benjamin Calypso and the infamous Any Dream Will Do. The highly prestigious role of Joseph has been played by Lee Mead, Jason Donovan, Joe McElderry, Gareth Gates, Phillip Schofield, Darren Day, Stephen Gately, Ian Watkins, Lloyd Daniels and many more. It has been presented to audiences tens of thousands of times across the world, and has attracted multiple major awards and nominations.
Who is this show for?
This show is recommended for people of any age, a family-friendly show that everyone can understand and enjoy. But it's probably best for those aged five and over.
What to expect:Acting
Recommended for:Anyone (94%)
Donavan was useless story line lost direction short show full of filler very disappointing , good orchestra
Reviewed on 18 August 2019 by Susan, Swadlincote Derby, United Kingdom
6 of us came to see the show and wow was it amazing. 4 of us had seen the show before but all said that it was the best one they’d seen. We would highly recommend it.
Reviewed on 18 August 2019 by Sharon, Market Harborough, United Kingdom
We absolutely loved the show. Every single person in it looked like they were having a ball and so were we. A real uplifting show. The fastest couple of hours we’ve spent in a long time! Would definitely recommend this to everyone who loves musical theatre. Thank you to ALL the cast, a great memory of a wonderful evening.
Reviewed on 15 August 2019 by Josephine, London, United Kingdom
Outstanding actors, outstanding stage design. Enjoyed the changes to the show. A MUST SEE.
Reviewed on 03 August 2019 by Nicole, Fell, Germany
Reviewed on 02 August 2019 by Jacqueline, Elgin, United Kingdom
High energy, brilliant singing and dancing! You’ll love it.
Reviewed on 01 August 2019 by Erica, Bracknell, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 31 July 2019 by Ann, Nsw, Australia
Reviewed on 31 July 2019 by Susan, Runanga, New Zealand
Light hearted fun cast and audience had a good feel vibe which we all need at moment.
Reviewed on 30 July 2019 by Christine, Sydenham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 27 July 2019 by Sigita, London, United Kingdom
The show was amazing. Sheridan Smith was outstanding. Lovely to see JD again and the new Joseph was brilliant. Highly recommend this show
Reviewed on 25 July 2019 by Janet, Sompting, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 25 July 2019 by Stephanie, Grantham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 23 July 2019 by Claire, Greenhithe, United Kingdom
Quite simply a stunning production!
Reviewed on 22 July 2019 by Mark, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Terrific show, full of energy, humour and a must see, Sheridan Smith is superb.
Reviewed on 21 July 2019 by Stewart, Gillingham Kent, United Kingdom
Fantastic show - amusing and colourful with all sorts of genres of music. Younger audience members may need a booster seat - provided by the theatre to those arriving early. Excellent acting and singing from everyone - from the smallest to the tallest. Look out for the camels!! We had a great singalong at the end. Sure to send you home buzzing!!
Reviewed on 21 July 2019 by Jayne, Rainham, United Kingdom
What a wonderful show! The cast did an amazing job. Would see it again! Thank you all!!!
Reviewed on 20 July 2019 by Britta, Winterthur, Switzerland
Reviewed on 18 July 2019 by Steve, Norwich, United Kingdom
Fun, lively, with plenty of tongue and cheek with a strong message of forgiveness
Reviewed on 13 July 2019 by Iona, Chillingham, Australia
I love the story and its outcome, we can see this story live in some ways in our life and others around us,the one true message is that all things will work out good in the end.
Reviewed on 11 July 2019 by David, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 10 July 2019 by Alison, Leicester, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 09 July 2019 by Jesus, Zaragoza, Spain
very different from the 1991 version, this more uptempo, only slight disappointment Jason Donovan only has a small role this time otherwise another master piece
Reviewed on 07 July 2019 by Jason, Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
This show was amazing. Sheridan Smith is so talented. What a voice, great actor and just has funny bones. The guy playing Joseph was exceptional. And what can I say about Jason Donovan, apart from great entertainer. His role was funny, great voice and just put the icing on the cake of the best show I have seen. All the cast, music, set etc was brilliant. And the crowd absolutely loved Sheridan and Jason. Suitable for every aged person.
Reviewed on 07 July 2019 by Scott, Dunstable, United Kingdom
Couldn't make out the words when Jason Donavon was singing. Can can pun was bad and poorly timed. Dancing filler sections didn't work Felt like a pantomime.
Reviewed on 06 July 2019 by Dan, London, United Kingdom
Absolutely Fantastic show, the cast brilliant
Reviewed on 05 July 2019 by Vicki, Grimsby, United Kingdom
Interesting, modern and very funny production that pulls you up from your seats.
Reviewed on 03 July 2019 by Lucia, London, United Kingdom
Go and see if you can especially if you like Andrew Lloyd Weber music
Reviewed on 27 June 2019 by Pamela, Cheltenham, Australia
by Christian Durham | Thursday, July 11 2019, 15:44
Having not seen Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat for some 30 years, it is quite a lovely surprise to be reminded just how good Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s score is. Memorable hit after memorable hit tumble after each other in this high octane re-invention of the classic musical that sent this writing team into the stratosphere with the general public in the 1970’s.Preview Report: JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOUR DREAMCOAT
by Phil Willmott | Tuesday, December 4 2018, 09:16
It’s been announced that Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s first and most loveable musical JOSEPH AND AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOUR DREAMCOAT will return to the London Palladium next summer where it enjoyed a long and successful revival in the 1980s.
Few other details have been released yet so while we await news of casting and creatives here’s a Lloyd Webber quiz, just for fun.Take Our Andrew Lloyd Webber Quiz to celebrate JOSEPH’s return to the London Palladium