The Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre has announced its 2019 season.
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s iconic musical EVITA is to be revived at the park in a new production directed by Jamie Lloyd. Lloyd has been overseeing the PINTER AT THE PINTER season currently running in the West End and was previously assistant director to Michael Grandage for the 2006 West End production of EVITA. The full creative team and cast it still to be announced for the show. EVITA will run at the Open Air Theatre from 2nd August to 21st September.
EVITA first 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.
Opening the season is a revival of Thornton Wilder’s American classic OUR TOWN. The piece follows a small fictional American town and it’s inhabitants. The production will be directed by Gate Theatre AD, Ellen McDougall and runs at Regent’s Park from 16th May to 8th June.
The Open Air Theatre’s artistic director Timothy Sheader will direct a new production of Englebert Humperdinck’s HANSEL AND GRETEL, in a co-production with the English National Opera. Conducted by Ben Glassberg, the opera runs in the park from 14th June to 22nd June. The piece marks a continued collaboration between Open Air Theatre and ENO following their production of THE TURN OF THE SCREW in Summer 2018.
Rounding out the season announcement is Shakespeare’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, directed by Dominic Hill (artistic director of Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre). Running from 29th June to 27th July, it’s a version suitable for those aged over 12. More details for this production are still to be announced.
Meanwhile, full dates and casting has been confirmed for the Open Air Theatre’s production of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, which is set to tour the UK again in 2019. Directed by Timothy Sheader, this version premiered at the Park in 2013 and will return at Leicester Curve from February,
As previously announced, Open Air’s JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR will transfer to the Barbican Centre from 4th July.
Public booking for the season opens on 18th December.