9 April 1986 – Dave Clark’s “Time” musical premiered at the Dominion Theatre, London, starring Cliff Richard and Sir Laurence Olivier.
The world premiere of the “Time” musical is held at the Dominion Theatre in London where it ran for two years. ‘Time’ featured two tracks (‘In My Defence’ and ‘Time’) which Freddie Mercury recorded, and were included on the cast album. However, he did not appear in the musical itself, except at a special charity performance on 14 April 1988 in which he did perform a duet with Cliff Richard.
Dave Clark had offered Freddie the lead role of the rock star, Chris Wilder in his musical but he declined, and Cliff Richard took the part instead.
Apparently, Cliff being a star for such a long time, was not happy that Freddie was getting first choice in the tracks for the musical arrangements. When he heard Freddie’s version of “In My Defence”, his jaw dropped to the floor and the whole song had to be changed for Cliff to be able to sing it, as it was far too high for him. After this, he never stopped praising Freddie.