Open Air Theatre new season announced


Open Air Theatre new season announced

New artistic director Timothy Sheader announces his first season at the The Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, which runs in repertoire from 2 Jun - 13 Sep 2008.

PUBLIC BOOKING OPENS 11 FEB 2008

Romeo and Juliet
by William Shakespeare
Previews 2 June, Opens 9 June, Closes 2 Aug 2008.
Directed by Timothy Sheader, designed by Robert Innes Hopkins, lighting by Fotini Dimou.

Twelfth Night
by William Shakespeare
Previews 4 June, Opens 13 June, Closes 30 July 2008.
Directed by Edward Dick, designed by Robert Innes Hopkins, lighting by Fotini Dimou.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
by William Shakespeare
Previews 8 July, Opens 12 July, Closes 2 Aug 2008.
Directed by Dominic Leclerc, designed by Robert Innes Hopkins. Re-worked for a young audience. Transforms this Open Air Theatre favourite by creating a fast-paced 75-minute physical production using Shakespeare’s original language and text, suitable for everyone aged 6 and over.

GIGI
by Lerner and Loewe
Previews 6 Aug, Opens 14 Aug, Closes 13 Sep 2008.
Features Lisa O’Hare (Gigi) Millicent Martin ( (Mamita)
Directed by Timothy Sheader, designed by Yannis Thavoris, musical director Philip Bateman, sound by Mike Walker. Features the songs 'Thank Heaven for Little Girls', 'The Night They Invented Champagne', and 'I Remember It Well'.

Talking about his first season Timothy Sheader said: “Contemporary theatre often sees an audience looking into the illusion of a self-contained world with performer and audience inhabiting different spaces divided by the fourth wall. At the Open Air Theatre we are able to get closer to a collaborative and participatory experience of storytelling. Weather and climate add a thrilling contribution to our work, making the complicity between performer, text and audience a truly unique event at every performance. Built upon a core of excellent dramatic credentials, we will present bold and dynamic productions of these much loved plays to stimulate the senses and challenge expectation.”

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