Photo credit: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre (Photo courtesy of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre)

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre confirms 2021 season, with new productions

Romeo and Juliet and Carousel will still go ahead this year.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

After open-air concerts took place in 2020, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre will open once more with a full summer season. Performances will take place from 17 June - 25 September, including Shakespeare plays, musical revivals and shows designed for younger audiences.

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre artistic director Timothy Sheader said: ""As a theatre that receives no regular public funding, the financial challenges of producing large-scale theatre with a 50% reduction in seating capacity cannot be underestimated. We are therefore thrilled to have been awarded a grant thanks to the government's Culture Recovery Fund and look forward to welcoming both audiences and theatre makers back to our unique and special outdoor space this summer."

The theatre will open with a revival of Romeo and Juliet, directed by Kimberley Sykes. The timeless love story will see Regent's Park Open Air Theatre twinkling under the lights of Verona from 17 June - 24 July. Casting is to be announced. Romeo and Juliet will also be staged at Shakespeare's Globe this summer, starring Alfred Enoch and Rebekah Murrell.

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel will also be revived this summer, with performances now taking place from 30 July - 25 September. Timothy Sheader will direct, with choreography by Drew McOnie. Carousel casting is to be announced.

Daytime performances will also take place throughout the summer, with Anansi the Spider from 7 - 24 July, and Dragons and Mythical Beasts from 13 August - 5 September. Casting for Dragons and Mythical Beasts includes Ben Galpin, Antony Antunes, Emily Cooper, Elaine Hartley, Samuel Parker and Liam Wright.

As well as the events mentioned above, comedy nights have also been scheduled, starring Jimmy Carr, Aisling Bea and Luisa Omielan. Film screenings of Moulin Rouge! and The Shining are also confirmed.

Photo credit: Regent's Park Open Air Theatre (Photo courtesy of Regent's Park Open Air Theatre)

Article Updated: 13 May 2021

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