Regent's Park Open Air Theatre have announced their 2017 Season which will see Olivier Award-winner Drew McOnie direct and choreograph On The Town, Artistic Director Timothy Sheader directs Charles Dickens' A Tale Of Two Cities in a new adaptation by Matthew Dunster, and Caroline Byrne directed Oliver Twist Created For Everyone Aged Six And Over, adapted by Anya Reiss from the novel by Charles Dickens. Jesus Christ Superstar, winner of the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical in the Evening Standard Awards will return by popular demand for just 41 performances.
On The Town (19 May – 1 July 2017), the classic musical with music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green will be the biggest dance musical ever staged at the Open Air Theatre. Featuring musical theatre standards like New York, New York, I Can Cook Too, Some Other Time, and You Got Me. Revived recently on Broadway most people will be familiar with the movie that starred Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra.
Timothy Sheader's production of A Tale Of Two Cities (7 July – 8 August 2017) is as relevant as ever in this new adaptation by Matthew Dunster. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us.” Sound familiar? How much more do those in power think Europe’s poor can take? When will the people take to the streets of the cities and roar enough is enough?
The theatre has previously had great success with its Shakespeare plays ‘re-imagined for everyone aged six and over’. Developing this programme of work made especially for families, Caroline Byrne directs Oliver Twist created for everyone aged six and over, adapted by Anya Reiss from the novel by Charles Dickens (17 July – 5 August). Recommended for ages six and over, this will play daytime performances alongside A Tale of Two Cities.
Finally, Jesus Christ Superstar returns for just 41 performances (11 August – 16 September 2017) giving audiences their last chance to see Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's legendary musical back at the Open Air Theatre. This award-winning musical is not to be missed.