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NEWS: Declan Bennett plays Jesus, Michelle Terry is Henry V at Open Air this summer

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Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre has today announced lead casting for two of its forthcoming summer 2016 productions: Michelle Terry will play the title role of Henry V in director Robert Hastie’s new gender-bending production; and former Once star Declan Bennett will lead the cast in Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar, directed by Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s Artistic Director Timothy Sheader.

SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS – Open Air Theatre

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When backwoods trapper Adam Pontipee strides into the hay and feed store of a small Oregon town and asks “what’s the going rate for beaver?” he’s selling meat but actually hunting for a woman. It might be original for its arithmetical multiplication but Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is part of that raft of American […]

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THE SEAGULL – Open Air Theatre

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Fortune favours the brave, and the meteorological riskiness of outdoor theatre sometimes pays handsomely. A great heron flew over, squawking doom, just as Irina screamed her frantic possession of the appalling Trigorin and Chekhov’s tragicomic household moved towards disaster. The moon rose over the card-players as beyond the window under a darkening sky Konstantin found a deranged, ruined Nina. The thunderstorm and sluicing rain from behind Jon Bausor’s strange mirrored canopy were false, but the intensity and brooding darkness of old Sorin’s struggling estate were no more or less real than the rustling trees of the real park. Perfect.

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Diary of a theatre addict: 11 shows across 8 days – (nearly) all great! A record?

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Across the eight days and nights between last Sunday and tonight, I’ll have seen 11 shows, and (excepting tonight which I’ve not seen yet and one of which was a critics’ preview and I’m therefore not in a position to comment publicly on yet), I’ve loved eight out of the nine. That’s an incredible strike record for one week, and one of those runs of great shows that you only dream of. It helps, of course, that I was playing catch up on six of them, so I was in (comparatively) safer hands than going blind to yet-to-be reviewed shows. But there’s also a fear that a show won’t live up to the good reviews youv’e already read and absorbed.

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14 surprising facts about JM Barrie’s Peter Pan

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In my other blog today, I wrote about the “fact” that JM Barrie wrote Peter Pan as a metaphor for World War One. This was a little bit of a fib (explained fully here), but I thought I’d make up for my momentary dishonesty by sharing a few actual, real, honest-to-goodness surprising facts about Barrie’s 1904 classic.

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Did you know JM Barrie wrote Peter Pan as a metaphor for WWI?

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did you know that JM Barrie wrote Peter Pan as a metaphor for the “war to end all wars”? Of course, you did. It’s obvious: the Lost Boys are the “lost generation” of the conflict, the mothers who leave their windows open for boys who will never come home are the grieving parents of the war dead, the fairy dust is the deadly mustard gas that allowed young soldiers to fly away from the battlefield and to the heaven of Never Land….

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Review: Hobson’s Choice (Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park)

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Placing traditional, Victorian Northern comedy ‘Hobson’s Choice’ in the directorial hands of Nadia Fall was always going to be an exciting risk. The writer/director of ‘Home’ at the National’s pop-up venue knows everything about documentary realism, resilience and despair, and a youngster’s sense of place in the world.  How would she treat the old-fashioned repertory […]

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Review: Hobson’s Choice (Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park)

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Placing traditional, Victorian Northern comedy ‘Hobson’s Choice’ in the directorial hands of Nadia Fall was always going to be an exciting risk. The writer/director of ‘Home’ at the National’s pop-up venue knows everything about documentary realism, resilience and despair, and a youngster’s sense of place in the world.  How would she treat the old-fashioned repertory […]

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Review: The Sound of Music (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre)

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At the press night of Thom Southerland’s brilliantly-staged, been-so-long-in-the-water-it’s-shrunk-to-the-size-of-Southwark-Playhouse Titanic, there was considerable debate about whether it “mattered” if you knew the outcome of the story before seeing the musical. But sometimes knowing the story is what helps you go to the musical in the first place – at The Color Purple, it was patently women who’d […]

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Review: The Sound of Music (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre)

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At the press night of Thom Southerland’s brilliantly-staged, been-so-long-in-the-water-it’s-shrunk-to-the-size-of-Southwark-Playhouse Titanic, there was considerable debate about whether it “mattered” if you knew the outcome of the story before seeing the musical. But sometimes knowing the story is what helps you go to the musical in the first place – at The Color Purple, it was patently women who’d […]

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Review: Ragtime (Open Air Theatre Regent’s Park)

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The scale of the Coming-To-America migration musical Ragtime is epic, so grandiose, so richly populated with cast that when it opened in 1998, the production budget was $11 million and two adjacent Broadway theatres were combined into one just to contain it. The inventive team at Regent’s Park never fights shy of a challenge: their […]

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Review: Ragtime (Open Air Theatre Regent’s Park)

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The scale of the Coming-To-America migration musical Ragtime is epic, so grandiose, so richly populated with cast that when it opened in 1998, the production budget was $11 million and two adjacent Broadway theatres were combined into one just to contain it. The inventive team at Regent’s Park never fights shy of a challenge: their […]

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Review: Beggar’s Opera (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre)

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Sometimes in London the venue affects your mood.  Kicking your way through the rotting veg or chicken carcases of a street market towards a dingy hall in Hoxton or Kilburn demands a wellspring of optimism to meet the play with an open mind. Not so at Regent’s Park, whose well-established and well-run Open Air venture […]

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Review: Beggar’s Opera (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre)

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Sometimes in London the venue affects your mood.  Kicking your way through the rotting veg or chicken carcases of a street market towards a dingy hall in Hoxton or Kilburn demands a wellspring of optimism to meet the play with an open mind. Not so at Regent’s Park, whose well-established and well-run Open Air venture […]

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