New 2019 season announced at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
The new season at Regent’s Park Open Air theatre is set to include productions directed by Jamie Lloyd and Ellen McDougall, and includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s í.
The season begins with Our Town, directed by Gate Theatre artistic director Ellen McDougall from 16th May to 8th June. Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play is about a fictional American town, and uses meta-theatrical devices to tell the story of its citizens. It was last seen in London at the Almeida in 2014.
Following the Open Air Theatre and English National Opera’s collaboration on The Turn of the Screw last year, Timothy Sheader will direct Engelbert Humperdinck's opera, Hansel and Gretel. Members of the ENO orchestra will be conducted by Ben Glassberg, and, sung in English, the production will run from 14th to 22nd June.
William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream will then return to the theatre for the first time in seven years, directed by Citizens Theatre artistic director Dominic Hill. His work at Citizens includes productions of Oresteia, Crime and Punishment, and Betrayal. The play will run from 28th June to 27th July.
Jamie Lloyd will then direct a new production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Evita, from 2nd August to 21st September. Having premiered in 1978, the musical features numbers such as “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina”, “Oh! What a Circus” and “Another Suitcase in Another Hall”. The musical was last seen in the West End last year, when Emma Hatton starred in the musical at the Phoenix Theatre.
Jamie Lloyd has recently announced he will round off his epic Pinter at the Pinter season, which sees all of the playwright’s one-act plays performed at the theatre named after him, with a production of Betrayal starring actor Tom Hiddleston.
The Open Air Theatre’s production Rice and Lloyd Webber’s musical Jesus Christ Superstar will run concurrently with Evita, as it transfers to the Barbican from 4th July to 24th August before a North American tour. Tickets for the run at the Barbican are on sale now.