Take to the theatre outdoors this summer with Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Posted on Jun 1 2016 - 1:23pm by Samantha Clark
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  • MICHAEL MORPURGO’s RUNNING WILD GIVEN FULL STAGING IN A CO-PRODUCTION WITH CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE FROM 13 MAY – 12 JUNE
  • DONMAR ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, ROBERT HASTIE, DIRECTS HENRY V FROM 17 JUNE – 9 JULY
  • TIM RICE AND ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER DEBUT AT THE OPEN AIR THEATRE WITH JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR FROM 15 JULY – 27 AUGUST
  • 2013’s SOLD OUT PRODUCTION OF PRIDE AND PREJUDICE RETURNS PRIOR TO A UK TOUR FROM 2 – 17 SEPTEMBER
Lord of the Flies 2015. Photo David Jensen.jpg

Lord of the Flies 2015. Photo David Jensen

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre has confirmed that Michael Morpurgo’s Running Wild will open its 2016 season in an adaptation by Samuel Adamson, now running until the 12th of June.  In a co-production with Chichester Festival Theatre, who originally created the piece with their youth theatre, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre will fully develop the play to launch its professional premiere. Timothy Sheader and original Chichester director Dale Rooks direct with puppetry design and direction by Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié, both previous Associate Puppetry Directors on War Horse.

Running Wild is a story of love, loss, loyalty and of living for the moment. For Will and his mother, going to Indonesia isn’t just a holiday. It’s a new start, and the chance for Will to ride an elephant called Oona. But then the tsunami hit. Charging deep into the jungle Oona escapes the beach, but with her rider still clinging on, Will must now learn to survive the rainforest – and he is not alone.

To commemorate the legacy of Shakespeare, 400 years since the playwright’s death, Robert Hastie will direct Henry V from 17 June – 9 July. Currently an Associate Director for the Donmar Warehouse, Robert recently received critical acclaim for Splendour by Abi Morgan and My Night With Reg, which subsequently transferred to the Apollo Theatre.

Celebrating 45 years since Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s seminal musical first hit the stage, Timothy Sheader will direct Jesus Christ Superstar from 15 July – 27 August.  With a legendary score including ‘I Don’t Know How to Love Him’, ‘Gethsemane’ and ‘Superstar’, this epic story with choreography by Drew McConie will find a new resonance in the unique surroundings of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Austen

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Austen, Based on Jane Austin, Adapted by Simon Reade, Director – Deborah Bruce, Regent Park Open Air Theatre, 2013, Credit – Johan Persson

The 2013 sell-out production of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, adapted for the stage by Simon Reade and directed by Deborah Bruce, will conclude the 2016 season (2 – 17 September).  Following the success of To Kill a Mockingbird and Lord of the Flies, Pride and Prejudice will then embark on a major UK tour.

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Lord of the Flies continues to tour the UK through to March 2016.

Artistic Director Timothy Sheader says:

‘In a year when the world celebrates the life and work of Shakespeare, our 2016 season champions British writing. Whilst giving classics a new voice through outdoor production, I am delighted to be bringing a new play, Running Wild, to the stage this season. I am passionate about storytelling and of creating work that enhances the shared experience of theatregoing, and I look forward to sharing these productions with our audiences.’

Check out their Facebook page to keep up to date with casting and further announcements.

To purchase tickets and to find out more about this years productions, take a look at their website: www.openairtheatre.com

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre 2016 season:

Online Bookings: www.openairtheatre.com

Box Office: 0844 826 4242
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.

Running Wild

By Michael Morpurgo

In an adaptation by Samuel Adamson

Directed by Timothy Sheader and Dale Rooks

13 May – 12 June

Performances: Tue – Sun (7.45pm); matinees Weds, Sat & Sun (2.15pm)

No matinee on 14, 18, 19 May

Henry V

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Robert Hastie

17 June – 9 July

First preview: 17 June

Performances: Mon – Sat (7.45pm); matinees Thurs & Sat (2.15pm)

No matinee on 18 June

Jesus Christ Superstar

Lyrics by Tim Rice | Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Directed by Timothy Sheader

15 July – 27 August

First preview: 15 July

Performances: Mon – Sat (7.45pm); matinees Thurs & Sat (2.15pm)

Additional matinees on Weds 17 and 24 August

No matinee on 16 or 21 July

Pride and Prejudice

By Jane Austen

In an adaptation by Simon Reade

Directed by Deborah Bruce

2 September – 17 September

Previews: 2  September – 6 September

Performances: Mon – Sat (7.45pm); matinees Thurs & Sat (2.15pm)

Tickets

Running Wild

£25 – £48.50

(Premium Seats £60, including best seat, programme and a glass of wine)

Family Ticket: £110.00 (4 tickets, of which at least 2 are for children). Valid only on Running Wild.

Henry V and Pride and Prejudice

£25 – £48.50

(Premium Seats £60, including best seat, programme and a glass of wine)

Jesus Christ Superstar

£25 – £52.50

(Premium Seats £65, including best seat, programme and a glass of wine)

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