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Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – 2018 season announced

31 March, 2018

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre have announced details of their 2018 season, which includes Peter Pan, As You Like It, Dinosaur World Live,
Little Shop of Horrors, and The Turn of the Screw, a co-production with English National Opera.

Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel’s Olivier Award-nominated production of PETER PAN by J. M. Barrie returns in the final year of First World War .

Centenary Commemorations Max Webster directs Shakespeare’s AS YOU LIKE IT, with original music by Charlie Fink

Maria Aberg directs the mean green monster musical, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, music by Alan Menken, based on the film by Roger Corman, screenplay by Charles Griffith

DINOSAUR WORLD LIVE plays daytime performances for ages 3+

Full creative team confirmed for THE TURN OF THE SCREW including conductor Toby Purser and designer Soutra Gilmour

Directed by Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel, the season opens on 17 May 2018 with Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie (17 May – 15 June), a revival of their 2015 Olivier Award-nominated production, in the final year of the First World War Centenary Commemorations.

For the wounded soldiers of WW1, imagination is their only escape. Yet as they’re transported to the fantastical lagoons and pirate ships of Never Land, allegories of the war they’ve left behind are ever present.

George Llewelyn Davies, later killed in action in 1915, was one of the children who inspired J. M. Barrie to create the iconic character of Peter Pan.

Remembering him, and a generation of Lost Boys, the production enchanted young and old alike during its original, critically acclaimed run.
Kids go half price at most performances.

The second production of the season is a co-production with the English National Opera of Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw (22 June – 30 June).

The story of unearthly encounters at a remote country house, and of a young governess desperate to protect her children, finds chilling new levels of suspense in this unique outdoor production at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

Director Timothy Sheader and members of the ENO orchestra, conducted by ENO Mackerras Fellow Toby Purser, bring their award-winning skills to Britten’s masterly reworking of Henry James’ classic novella.

Max Webster then directs William Shakespeare’s As You Like It (06 July – 28 July).

In the mythical forest of Arden, a world of transformation where anything is possible and anything permissible, two young people discover what it really means to be in love.

With beautiful new music by Charlie Fink (former frontman of Noah and the Whale), this warm, open-hearted production promises adventure, sibling rivalry, mistaken identity and romance – Shakespeare comedy as you like it.

Playing daytime performances Dinosaur World Live (14 August – 09 September), is a new interactive 50-minute show for all the family (ages 3+). Grab your compass and join our intrepid explorer across unchartered territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs – including every child’s favourite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus rex.

The 2018 season concludes with the mean green monster musical Little Shop of Horrors (03 August – 15 September).

Book and lyrics are by Howard Ashman, music by Alan Menken, based on the film by Roger Corman with screenplay by Charles Griffith.

For the misfits of Skid Row, life is full of broken dreams and dead ends. But there’s hope on the horizon for flower shop assistant, Seymour, when he discovers a mysterious new plant with killer potential.

Will his newfound fame and fortune win the attention of kind, sweet, delicate Audrey? Can he finally break free and be happy…whatever the consequences?

Directed by Maria Aberg, IT’S ALIVE at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre…somewhere that’s green!

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s award-winning production of Jesus Christ Superstar opens at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, USA on 27 April 2018. Timothy Sheader directs with design by Tom Scutt, choreography by Drew McOnie and lighting design by Lee Curran.

A full performance schedule is available at www.openairtheatre.com/schedule

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