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Regent's Park Open Air Theatre announce 2019 Season

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre (portrait). Photo by David Jensen.

Season preview

REGENT’S Park Open Air Theatre have announced their 2019 season.

Opening the season will be Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Our Town. Directed by Ellen McDougall, Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre, it will run from May 16 to June 8.

Our Town celebrates what it means to be human, the bonds that hold communities together, and our relationships with the ancient past and the eternal tomorrow.

Director Ellen McDougall’s credits away from the Gate include: The Wolves (Stratford East); Othello (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Remains of Maisie Duggan (Abbey Theatre, Dublin); The Glass Menagerie (Headlong); Anna Karenina (Royal Exchange Manchester) and Ivan and the Dogs (Olivier Award-nomination, Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre/Actors Touring Company/Soho).

Continuing their successful collaboration from 2018 (The Turn of the Screw), Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and English National Opera will present Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera, Hansel and Gretel. Directed by Timothy Sheader and sung in English, with members of the ENO orchestra conducted by Ben Glassberg, it will run from June 14 to June 22.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream 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. It will run from June 28 to July 27.

Whilst at the Citizens Theatre, Dominic Hill has won Best Director in the Critics’ Award for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) for Oresteia, Crime and Punishment and Betrayal. He previously directed Peer Gynt at Dundee Rep (in a co-production with National Theatre of Scotland), which won four CATS and transferred to the Barbican.

To conclude the season, Jamie Lloyd directs Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita (August 2 to September 21) as Jesus Christ Superstar transfers to the Barbican (July 4 to August 24) ahead of a North American Tour in the autumn.

Evita 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, Lloyd is currently producing and directing Pinter at the Pinter, a season of Harold Pinter’s short plays in the West End.

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre Memberships are now on sale, and Members’ priority booking for the 2019 Open Air Theatre opens at 11am on Wednesday, November 28, 2018. Visit openairtheatre.com/membership for more information. Public booking opens at 11am on Tuesday, December 18. To book, call the box office on 0333 400 3562 (lines open from 9am – 9pm. A £1.80 per ticket telephone booking fee applies) or visit openairtheatre.com/.

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