Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre has announced its 2020 season which opens with its first newly commissioned musical, 101 Dalmatians (16 May to 21 June 2020, press night is 27 May), based on Dodie Smith’s iconic story set in the heart of Regent’s Park with book by Zinnie Harris and music and lyrics by Douglas Hodge.
The production is directed by Timothy Sheader, with puppetry designed and directed by Toby Olié. Also confirmed are Katrina Lindsay (set and costume designer), Liam Steel (choreographer), Sarah Travis (musical supervisor and orchestrator), Howard Hudson (lighting designer) and Tarek Merchant (musical director). Casting is by Jill Green, with children’s casting by Verity Naughton.
Kimberley Sykes then directs Romeo and Juliet (27 June to 25 July, press night is 3 July), Shakespeare’s timeless story of two young people torn apart by a divided society and forbidden love.
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is celebrated for its innovative approach to musicals and the 2020 season concludes with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel (31 July to 19 September, press night is 6 August). Featuring a score that includes ‘If I Loved You’ and ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, Sheader reunites with Jesus Christ Superstar choreographer Drew McOnie.
Also during the season, Nicoll Entertainment presents Dragons and Mythical Beasts (11 August to 6 September), a new 50-minute daytime show written by Derek Bond and directed by Bond and Laura Cubitt. From the team that created Dinosaur World Live.
Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita, directed by Jamie Lloyd, ends its run at the Open Air Theatre on 21 September 2019. It is already the theatre’s highest-grossing production and has played to audiences of over 72,000 across its seven-week run.
The theatre’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar is currently in rehearsal in New York ahead of its North American tour, which launches on 1 October 2019.