REGENT’S PARK OPEN AIR THEATRE ANNOUNCE 2019 SEASON

THE SEASON OPENS WITH THORNTON WILDER’S PULITZER PRIZE WINNING PLAY, OUR TOWN

A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns to the theatre for the first time in seven years

TICKETS: www.openairtheatre.com

Our Town (16 May – 8 June) celebrates what it means to be human, the bonds that hold communities together, and our relationships with the ancient past and the eternal tomorrow. The Pulitzer Prize winning play is directed by Ellen McDougall, Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre.

Directed by Timothy Sheader, and continuing the 2018 collaboration which brought The Turn of the Screw to the Open Air Theatre stage, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and English National Opera present Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck (14 June – 22 June).

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (28 June – 27 July) returns to the theatre for the first time in seven years in a new production directed by Dominic Hill, Artistic Director of the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow. To conclude the season, Jamie Lloyd directs Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita (2 August – 21 September) as Jesus Christ Superstar transfers to the Barbican (4 July – 24 August).

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and English National Opera continue their 2018 collaboration with a co-production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera Hansel and Gretel (14 June – 22 June). Sung in English, members of the ENO orchestra will be conducted by Ben Glassberg, with direction by Open Air Theatre’s Artistic Director, Timothy Sheader.

Dominic Hill, Artistic Director of the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, then directs a new production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (28 June – 27 July). Whilst at the Citizens Theatre, Dominic has won Best Director in the Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) for Oresteia, Crime and Punishment and Betrayal.

The 2019 season concludes with Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita (2 August – 21 September) directed by Jamie Lloyd. The musical premiered in the West End in 1978, and features a chart-topping score including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, Oh! What A Circus, Another Suitcase in Another Hall, and the Academy Award-winning You Must Love Me, originally performed by Madonna in the motion picture. As Artistic Director of The Jamie Lloyd Company, Jamie is currently producing and directing Pinter at the Pinter, a season of Harold Pinter’s short plays in the West End.

The Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of Jesus Christ Superstar transfers to the Barbican (4 July – 24 August), ahead of a North American Tour in the autumn. Casting to be announced.

Also announced today are the full tour dates and casting for To Kill a Mockingbird, first produced by Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in 2013, which opens at Curve Leicester on 7 February. Produced by Jonathan Church Productions, Curve and Regent’s Park Theatre Ltd the cast is led by Simon Robson in the role of Atticus Finch.

The role of Scout will be shared by Summer Jenkins and Eve Prenelle; the role of Jem will be shared by Stanley JarvisJaxon Knopf and Theo Josse Wilkinson; the role of Dill will be shared by Billy MarlowJoshua Pickering and Jack Riley.

Also featuring in the cast are Pearl Appleby (Mayella Ewell), Dave Fishley (Reverend Sykes), Joseph Fletcher (Arthur Radley), Kieran Hill (Heck Tate), Alexandra Mathie (Stephanie Crawford/Mrs Dubose),Ged McKenna (Judge Taylor/Walter Cunningham), John Omole (Tom Robinson), Carl Rice (Bob Ewell), Sarah Tansey (Maudie Atkinson), Paul Woodson (Nathan Radley/Mr Gilmer), Amanda Wright (Calpurnia) and Erica Birtles, Sophie CartmanValentine Hanson and Christopher D Hunt (understudies). Music is composed and performed live by Phil King (Luke Potter will perform at certain venues).

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel | Based on the novel by Harper Lee
Directed by Timothy Sheader

UK TOUR DATES
Curve, Leicester                                                 7 February – 16 February
Milton Keynes                                                    18 February – 23 February
Birmingham REP                                               25 February – 2 March
Norwich Theatre Royal                                      4 March – 9 March
Rose Theatre, Kingston                                    12 March – 23 March
Newcastle Theatre Royal                                  25 March – 30 March
King’s Theatre, Edinburgh                                 1 April – 6 April
Malvern Theatres                                               8 April – 13 April
The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury                     23 April – 27 April
Cambridge Arts Centre                                      29 April – 4 May
Bord Gais, Dublin                                               7 May – 11 May
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford                    13 May – 18 May
The Lowry, Salford                                             20 May – 25 May
Eden Court Theatre, Inverness                          27 May – 1 June
His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen                       3 June – 8 June

Photo Credit: David Jensen