I first heard of Tim Rice when I saw my favourite Disney film, The Lion King. Since then, my ears perk up whenever I hear the lyricist's name. Rice went on to help produce many Disney stories for West End Theatre, including The Lion King, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast. One theme that strings through all these musicals is love, which once again makes an appearance in his latest show. That is about the only thing they have in common though; From Here to Eternity, is far removed from the fairy tale world, and is placed firmly in a harsh period of reality. Pearl Harbour, 1941 to be precise.
Making its world premiere on the 30th September at Shaftesbury Theatre, From Here to Eternity is an adaptation of a novel and film of the same name. Both hugely successful, the story has become a classic. A tale about two forbidden love affairs between soldiers, escorts, and married women, these illicit romances are made all the more complicated set in the context of World War Two.
Tickets to the show are between £15-£67.50, with matinees at 2.30pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and evening performances at 7.30pm.