Not very well known in France, Jérôme Pradon is a star in London's West End. With the video of Jesus Christ Superstar coming out in France, we meet an artist with multiple facets.

He has played many parts on London stages in musicals such as Miss Saigon and Martin Guerre but Jérôme Pradon is little known to the French public. However, in Paris, he was seen in the plays of Les Miserables (1991) and Nine (1997) and in films such as Vatel and The Dancer.

In London, at the moment, he stars in Whistle Down The Wind, a musical by Andrew Lloyd-Webber (Evita,Cats), where he plays an escaped prisoner whom the children believe to be Jesus Christ, set in 1950's America.

"I am really enjoying this role, there is always something new to explore. It is an extreme role, that of a man who is persuaded he is bad, who is not conscious of what love, compassion and forgiveness are, and who will be transformed by a young girl who is convinced that he is Jesus Christ. It is an interesting show that says there is a divine spark within each and every one of us".

The international topicality of Jérôme is the launch of the Jesus Christ Superstar video, in which he portrays an incandescent and charismatic Judas.

"It was very intense work" Jérôme remembers. "It was a role that was very sombre, you deeply explored the difficult sentiments like betrayal, guilt, self-disgust... I was completely obsessed by the role. There were days when I had to be "destroyed" throughout nine hours... But I adored the experience."

Now that he is famous on the other side of the Channel, Jérôme wishes to return to France. "Now, I am well known in England, in musical theatre, but I would like to work in France more, in non-singing roles, I miss work in straight acting. But, it is funny, that I have trouble making it big in France, it is a curious destiny, but I don't despair" he adds smiling.

  --Stephane Ly-Cuong
December 2000
Translation by Ceres Saturn