Lyricist Tim Rice has said he hopes a free online showing of musical Jesus Christ Superstar will provide people with some entertainment during the lockdown.

The production is just one of the many he co-wrote in his collaborations over the decades with Andrew Lloyd Webber.

It will be available online for 48 hours as part of a series called The Shows Must Go On! that features a selection of Lloyd-Webber's musicals shown for free during the coronavirus lockdown.

"I imagine they will go down pretty well," Rice told the PA news agency: "People need entertainment even if they are locked away. If this is a small contribution, I am very glad".

It is the second musical to be shown, following the series launch last week with Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

Rice added: "Sometimes I feel like watching something that is pretty low brow and very occasionally you think, 'I might have a go at something a bit more testing'.

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"I think in times like this you want something that reminds you of better times and gives you encouragement for times that might come along that will be better as well. One just has to muddle on through."

The lyricist and author said he will be spending the long weekend walking his dog, watching "quite a lot a of television, and trying to catch up with a few books and things".

He added: "It's funny, I have found that having nothing in the diary, you don't quite do as much as you think you would. I think there is something about being under pressure and deadlines that makes you do more work."

The version of Jesus Chris Superstar being shown is the 2012 UK arena production starring Tim Minchin, Ben Forster, Spice Girl Melanie Chisholm and Chris Moyles.

Each musical being shown is available for free from 7pm on the day of release for 48 hours, and further shows will be announced.

Fans who wish to make a charitable donation will find a variety of suggested organisations listed on the full-length YouTube channel videos, including Acting for Others, Broadway Cares and Actors Benevolent Fund.

Jesus Christ Superstar will be shown tonight at 7pm on