2009-05-04 13:14:00

Jesus Christ Superstar banned in Pskov as requested by the diocese

Moscow, May 4, Interfax – Pskov authorities banned a guest performance of the famous rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar which was to be held at the local drama theatre on May 5.

According to the Express-Gazeta paper, chairman of the Pskov regional committee on culture Zinaida Ivanova decided to cancel the performance referring to the request of the diocese.

Official reason for cancelling the show was its “technical complexity” for the theater as its building is in emergency situation.

Deputy Director of St. Petersburg Rock Opera state theater Tamara Malysheva is puzzled with the incident and reminded that Jesus Christ Superstar was already performed in Pskov philharmonic society in 2004.

“It’s a missionary performance, there’s nothing blasphemous in it,” she believes.