REGENT’S PARK OPEN AIR THEATRE ANNOUNCE 2018 SEASON

REGENT’S PARK OPEN AIR THEATRE ANNOUNCE
2018 SEASON


• Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel’s Olivier Award-nominated production of PETER PAN by J. M. Barrie returns in the final year of First World War Centenary Commemorations
• Max Webster directs Shakespeare’s AS YOU LIKE IT, with original music by Charlie Fink
• Maria Aberg directs the mean green monster musical, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, music by Alan Menken, based on the film by Roger Corman, screenplay by Charles Griffith
DINOSAUR WORLD LIVE plays daytime performances for ages 3+
• Full creative team confirmed for THE TURN OF THE SCREW including conductor Toby Purser and designer Soutra Gilmour

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre have today announced details of their 2018 season, which includes Peter Pan, As You Like It, Dinosaur World Live, Little Shop of Horrors, and The Turn of the Screw, a co-production with English National Opera.

The season opens on 17 May 2018 with Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie (17 May – 15 June), a revival of their 2015 Olivier Award-nominated production, in the final year of the First World War Centenary Commemorations. For the wounded soldiers of WW1, imagination is their only escape. Yet as they’re transported to the fantastical lagoons and pirate ships of Never Land, allegories of the war they’ve left behind are ever present. George Llewelyn Davies, later killed in action in 1915, was one of the children who inspired J. M. Barrie to create the iconic character of Peter Pan. Remembering him, and a generation of Lost Boys, the production enchanted young and old alike during its original, critically
acclaimed run. Kids go half price at most performances.

Directed by Open Air Theatre Artistic Director Timothy Sheader (Jesus Christ Superstar, To Kill a Mockingbird, Running Wild) and Liam Steel (Lord of the Flies, Into The Woods), set design is by Jon Bausor who recently won the UK Theatre Award for The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic). Costume design is by Jon Morrell, puppet design and direction by Rachael Canning, composition and sound score by Nick Powell, lighting design by Rick Fisher, sound design by Nick Lidster for Autograph, fight direction by Kate Waters, casting by Polly Jerrold and musical supervision/musical direction by Candida Caldicot. The Season Associate Director (Voice and Text) is Barbara Houseman.

Also confirmed is the full creative team for The Turn of the Screw (22 June – 30 June), a co-production with English National Opera. Members of the ENO orchestra will be conducted by ENO Mackerras Fellow Toby Purser. Timothy Sheader directs with design by Soutra Gilmour, who previously designed Into the Woods at the Open Air Theatre / Public Theatre, New York. Lighting design is by Jon Clark, sound design by Nick Lidster for Autograph, and casting by ENO Head of Casting, Michelle Williams.

The story of unearthly encounters at a remote country house, and of a young governess desperate to protect her children, finds chilling new levels of suspense in this unique outdoor production of Benjamin Britten’s masterly reworking of Henry James’ classic novella.

Next, Max Webster directs William Shakespeare’s As You Like It (06 July – 28 July). Returning to the Open Air Theatre following his production of Twelfth Night re-imagined in 2014, Max recently directed A Winter’s Tale (Edinburgh Lyceum), The Twits and King Lear (Northampton Royal & Derngate), and
The Lorax, which is currently playing at the Old Vic.

In the mythical Forest of Arden, a world of transformation where anything is possible and anything permissible, two young people discover what it really means to be in love. Design is by Naomi Dawson who recently designed Dr Faustus (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Brave New World (Northampton
Royal & Derngate). Movement direction is by Polly Bennett, original music composed by former ‘Noah and the Whale’ frontman, Charlie Fink (The Lorax), lighting design by Lee Curran (Jesus Christ Superstar) and sound design by Gareth Fry.

This warm, open-hearted production promises adventure, sibling rivalry, mistaken identity and romance – Shakespeare comedy as you like it.

Playing daytime performances, Dinosaur World Live (14 August – 09 September), is a new interactive show for all the family (ages 3+). This 50-minute show is written and directed by Derek Bond (Sweet Charity / Little Shop of Horrors, Royal Exchange Manchester), puppet design is by Max Humphries and
puppet direction by Laura Cubitt who, with Dinosaur World Live puppet consultant Toby Olié, previously worked on Running Wild at the Open Air Theatre. Set and costume design is by James Perkins, lighting design by John Maddox and sound design by Tom Mann.

Grab your compass and join our intrepid explorer across uncharted territories to discover a prehistoric world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs – including every child’s favourite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex. Dinosaur World Live will announce further tour dates for 2018 in due course.

The 2018 season concludes with the mean green monster musical Little Shop of Horrors (03 August – 15 September). Book and lyrics are by Howard Ashman, music by Alan Menken, based on the film by Roger Corman with screenplay by Charles Griffith.

For the misfits of Skid Row, life is full of broken dreams and dead ends. But there’s hope on the horizon for flower shop assistant, Seymour, when he discovers a mysterious new plant with killer potential. Will his newfound fame and fortune win the attention of kind, sweet, delicate Audrey? Can he finally break free and be happy…whatever the consequences?

Making her Open Air Theatre debut, the production is directed by Maria Aberg. Maria’s recent work includes Dr Faustus, The White Devil, As You Like It, King John, The Gods Weep, Days of Significance (all Royal Shakespeare Company), Hotel (National Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Exchange Manchester), The Chairs (Theatre Royal Bath), Alaska (Royal Court) and Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox (Nuffield/Lyric Hammersmith). Design is by Tom Scutt whose credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (Open Air Theatre), King Charles III (Almeida/West End/Broadway), The Deep Blue Sea, Medea (National Theatre), Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Weir (Donmar Warehouse) and Constellations (West
End/MTC New York/Royal Court). Musical supervision is by Tom Deering (Jesus Christ Superstar, On The Town), lighting design by Howard Hudson (On The Town), sound design by Nick Lidster for Autograph and casting by Stuart Burt.

IT’S ALIVE at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre…somewhere that’s green!

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s award-winning production of Jesus Christ Superstar opens at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, USA in April 2018. Timothy Sheader directs with design by Tom Scutt, choreography by Drew McOnie and lighting design by Lee Curran.

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre Memberships are on sale now and priority booking for Members will open at 11am, 08 November. Visit www.openairtheatre.com/membership for more information.
Public booking opens at 11am, 06 December.

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION
Box Office 0844 826 4242* | openairtheatre.com
Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4NU
Social Media
Twitter: @OpenAirTheatre / #OAT2018
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*Lines open from 9am – 9pm. £1.50 per ticket telephone booking fee applies. Calls cost 7p per minute plus your telephone company’s access charge. A £1.50 per ticket booking fee applies for telephone and online bookings for Dinosaur World Live.

LISTINGS
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre 2018 season:

Peter Pan
By J. M. Barrie
Directed by Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel
By arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity

Thursday 17 May – Friday 15 June
First preview: 17 May

Performances:
Tuesday – Sunday @ 7.45pm (gates 6.15pm)
Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday @ 2.15pm (gates 12.45pm)
No matinee 19 or 23 May; extra matinee on Thursday 14 June
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Regent’s Park Theatre and English National Opera
The Turn of the Screw
Music by Benjamin Britten Libretto by Myfanwy Piper
After a story by Henry James
Directed by Timothy Sheader

Friday 22 June – 30 June
First preview: 22 June

Performances:
Monday – Saturday @ 7.45pm (gates 6.15pm)
Wednesday & Saturday @ 2.15pm (gates 12.45pm)
No performance on Thursday 28 June; no matinee 23 June
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As You Like It
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Max Webster

Friday 06 July – Saturday 28 July
First preview: 06 July

Performances:
Monday – Saturday @ 7.45pm (gates 6.15pm)
Thursday & Saturday @ 2.15pm (gates 12.45pm)
No matinee 07 July
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Dinosaur World Live
Created by Derek Bond and Max Humphries

Tuesday 14 August – Sunday 09 September
Performances:
Monday – Wednesday: 2.15pm (gates 1.45pm)
Friday & Sunday: 10.30am (gates 10.00am) & 1.00pm (gates 12.30pm)
Saturday: 10.30am (gates 10.00am)
No performances 03 – 06 September; No 1pm performance on Sunday 02 September.
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Little Shop of Horrors
Book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken
Based on the film by Roger Corman, Screenplay by Charles Griffith
Directed by Maria Aberg

Friday 03 August – Saturday 15 September
First preview: 03 August

Performances:
Monday – Saturday @ 7.45pm (gates 6.15pm)
Thursday & Saturday @ 2.15pm (gates 12.45pm)
No matinee 04 or 09 August

TICKETS
Peter Pan, The Turn of the Screw and As You Like It: £25 – £55
Little Shop of Horrors: £25 – £59
Dinosaur World Live: All tickets £16.50 (£15 ticket + £1.50 booking fee)
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Season Ticket
Available when purchasing a ticket for all of the following productions in the same transaction: PeterPan, The Turn of the Screw, As You Like It and Little Shop of Horrors.
Band A Season Ticket: £185 (saving of up to £39)
Band B Season Ticket: £145 (saving of up to £38)
• No per-ticket online or telephone booking fee; a one-off £4.50 telephone transaction fee applies.
• Cannot be combined with any other concession or discount.
• All tickets must be booked in the same transaction and in the same price band.
Previews
Early Bird: £5 off price bands A – C during previews (excluding Dinosaur World Live) when booked before 30 April 2018; thereafter, £2 off all prices during previews (excluding Dinosaur World Live).
Groups 10+
£5 off price bands A – C. Valid all performances, excluding Dinosaur World Live and excluding all Saturday Evening performances. A £4.50 transaction fee applies. This applies on top of the Preview and Early Bird Preview pricing. Call 0844 826 4242*, Monday – Friday, 9am – 9pm.
*Calls cost 7ppm plus your telephone company’s usual access charge.
Senior Citizens Matinees
£25 best available weekday matinees (cannot be combined with any other discount or concession).
U18
Half Price Tickets on all performances excluding Saturday evenings and Dinosaur World Live (£1.50 telephone booking fee applies. No online booking fee).

A full performance schedule is available at www.openairtheatre.com/schedule
All information correct at the time of going to print. For latest information visit
www.openairtheatre.com
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