Jeanne (Joan of Arc Musical)


Book, Music & Lyrics: Shirlie Roden.

Original Production: Birmingham Repertory Theatre 1985.

Director: Robin Phillips.

Sadlers Wells London 1986 Director: Bill Kenwright.

Musical Director: David Steadman.

Producer: Bill Kenwright.

RIGHTS: Shirlie Roden – [email protected]. Script and demo CD available.

A through-composed rock opera, “Jeanne” traces the story of the legendary fifteenth-century Joan of Arc, a young peasant girl destined for greatness, who claims to have been chosen by God to liberate her country and to crown the Dauphin as King of France. The dramatic raising of the siege of Orleans, startlingly recreated on stage, finds Jeanne fulfilling her vision, standing beside the Dauphin as he is crowned.

After failing to retake Paris, Jeanne is later captured and taken to Rouen to stand trial where her destiny is sealed as she is condemned as a heretic and sentenced to be burned alive – the flames a living symbol through the centuries. Cast size: 25.


Original 1980s studio cast concept album now available on Stage Door Records: buyonamazon

“Jeanne is an impressive piece with steady dramatic tension-remarkable.” (Sunday Times)

“Shirlie Roden as a keen eye for powerful lyrics and vigorous stirring tunes. Her music is constantly inventive, her characters breathe humanity and her show brings out tremendous vitality and style.”(Birmingham Evening Telegraph)

“A spectacularly plucky and independent treatment of a heroine, Robin Phillips’ production seems to me more suited to the stage than either “Evita” or “Jesus Christ Superstar” (Daily Telegraph)
“Dramatic, strong, funny and has the power to reach the deeper emotions. An inspiring and original show” (Birmingham Sunday Mercury)

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