Casting has been announced for this years Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park Season

There will be a 70th Anniversary Gala Concert on Sunday 1st Sep at 8pm, hosted by Judi Dench to celebrate the Open Air Theatre and the famous musicals performed there over the years. Songs from 'Kiss Me Kate', 'Paint Your Wagon', 'The Boys from Syracuse' and many more. Cast includes Paul Bradley, Bernard Cribbins, Janie Dee, Louise Gold, Roy Hudd, Jessica Martin, Su Pollard, Joanna Riding, Clive Rowe, Samantha Spiro and Gary Wilmot.

The season runs in repertoire from 28th May to 7th September .
(Booking is open now!)

Productions include.....

Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, which opens on 5th June , following previews from 28th May 02, closes 5th Sep 02. It is directed by Dominic Hill and designed by Francis O'Connor. Set in the heat of a post-war Italian summer this tale fuses flowering sexuality with the devastating consequences of long-buried hatred. Cast includes Laura Main (Juliet), Alan Wastaway (Romeo), Liza Sadovy (Lady Capulet), Carol McCready (Nurse), Christopher Godwin (Capulet), John Cartwright (Montague), John Hodgkinson (Mercutio), Adam Levy (Tybalt) and Tim Kightley (Friar Laurence).

As You Like It, by William Shakespeare, which opens on 10th June , following previews from 30th May 02, closes 7th Sep 02. It is directed by Rachel Kavanaugh and designed by Francis O'Connor. Dukes and their daughters, comely maidens, shepherds and a clown play out their courtly games in the Forest of Arden. Cast includes Rebecca Johnson (Rosalind), Benedict Cumberbatch (Orlando), Caitlin Mottram (Celia), John Hodkingson (Touchstone) and Adam Levy (Oliver).

Oh What A Lovely War, musical by Joan Littlewood, which opens on 25th July , following previews from 23rd July 02, closes 3rd Sep 02. It is directed by Ian Talbot and designed byKit Surrey with choreography by Gillian Gregory. A chronicle of the horrors of the First World War, told through songs and original material from the time. The Master of Ceremonies leads a colourful cast through a series of darkly humourous and often moving scenes with songs including 'Keep the Home Fires Burning', 'It's a Long Way to Tipperary', and 'Goodbye-ee'. Cast includes John Conroy (M.C), Liza Sadovy, Audrey Palmer, Michael Sadler and Daniel Crossley.

Merlin the Magnificent, a children's play by Stuart Paterson, which opens on 31st July 02, closes 24th Aug 02. It is co -produced with Unicorn Theate for Children. It is directed by Tony Graham and designed by Russell Craig. Based on the legend of Merlin, the wizard in King Arthur's Medieval Court.

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