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©Johnson Over Jordan 

Johnson Over Jordan (2001)
West Yorkshire Playhouse / Leeds, England

Producer: Jude Kelly
Playwright: J.B. Priestley
Cast: Patrick Stewart (Robert Johnson), Bernard Lloyd, Daniel Stewart (The Figure)
Character: Robert Johnson

Described by Priestley as an "adventure of the theatre," Johnson Over Jordan is a journey through the past and present life of Robert Johnson, recently deceased. In order to reach the Inn at the End of the World and begin his final voyage, Robert must first negotiate not only the bureaucracy of the Central Offices of Universal Assurance and Global Loan and Finance Corporation, but also the bright lights, strong drink and beautiful girls at the Jungle Hot Spot night club.

Johnson Over Jordan was originally produced in 1939 with a score by Benjamin Britten and with Ralph Richardson as Robert Johnson. This is its first major revival since the 1940s.

Related links:
WYP Voted Best Regional Theatre in UK to Premiere Plays (4/5/2002) — From ThisisLeeds.co.uk
New Statesman (9/24/2001) — Jude Kelly interview
BBC News Forum (9/24/2001) — Interview -(RealPlayer)
Johnson Over Jordan (9/20/2001) — From The Stage: Play review
Rage Against Dying of the Light (9/19/2001) — From Independent: Play review
Outsider Rightly Gains Centre Stage Acclaim (9/16/2001) — From Yorkshire Post
Play Now Arriving At Platform 1 (9/16/2001) — Review from Sunday Observer
Johnson Over Jordan (9/14/2001) — Review from Guardian Unlimited
Five Out of Five Stars (9/13/2001) — From What's On Stage.com
The Second Coming of Priestley (9/13/2001) — From Independent
Play Review (9/13/2001) — From The Electronic Telegraph
Has he come back to Britain to stay? If only! (9/13/2001) — Review from The Times
Picks of the Week (9/10/2001) — From The Guardian Online
Get One Over Jordan (9/9/2001) — From BBC Leeds Online: Production photo
Best Shows Nationwide (9/1/2001) — From TheTimes.co.uk
I Find As He Speaks (8/29/2001) — From The Times online:
Leeds, the final frontier (8/29/2001) — From The Guardian online
Nationwide Choice (8/25/2001) — From www.TheTimes.co.uk:
The Man Who Fell to Earth (8/24/2001) — From www.thestage.co.uk:
Stewart Walks On Water (8/24/2001) — From BA Entertainment
Star Turn. How Patrick Stewart made it so. (8/22/2001) — From SceneOne.co.uk:
Patrick's Enterprising Look at Priestley (8/20/2001) — From thisisleeds.co.uk:
Johnson Over Jordan (8/5/2001) — From www.whatsonstage.com: Play synopsis
Stewart revives Priestley play (7/31/2001) — From BBC News:
Trek Actor Stars in Bold Priestley Venture (7/31/2001) — From Yorkshire Post
Patrick's JB links (7/27/2001) — From ICHuddersfield.co.uk:
WYP to Stage JB Priestley Season (7/24/2001) — From www.ananova.com:
Patrick treks in for a JB revival (7/17/2001) — From www.ThisIsBradford.co.uk:
Stewart Heads WYP's Priestley Season (7/17/2001) — From Whatsonstage.com:
How Picard made it so (7/17/2001) — www.ThisIsBradford.co.uk:
Star Trek hero at Playhouse (7/1/2001) — From BBC Leeds Online:
Theatre Review — From ThisIsBradford.co.uk
SceneOne - Play Review — From SceneOne.co.uk: Four out of five stars
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