Scary 2018 season announced by Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

 

Dinosaurs, man-eating plants and ghostly goings-on. Prepare for a scary summer 2018 from Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel’s Olivier Award-nominated production of Peter Pan returns in the final year of First World War Centenary Commemorations.

The season continues with Max Webster directing Shakespeare’s As You Like It; Maria Aberg directs the mean green monster musical, Little Shop of Horrors; Dinosaur World Live plays daytime performances for ages 3+; and there is a co-production with English National Opera of The Turn of The Screw.

Hiran Abeysekera and David Birrell as Peter Pan and Hook. Photo Tristram Kenton.jpg
Peter Pan (2015 cast)

 

The season opens with JM Barrie’s Peter Pan (17 May – 15 June), a revival of their 2015 Olivier Award-nominated production.

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 JM 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 (read Stage Review’s verdict HERE).

 

The Turn of the Screw (22 June – 30 June). Members of the ENO orchestra will be conducted by ENO Mackerras Fellow, Toby Purser. Timothy Sheader directs with design by Soutra Gilmour,

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.

As You Like It (06 July – 28 July). 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.

This warm, open-hearted production promises adventure, sibling rivalry, mistaken identity and romance.

Dinosaur World Live (14 August – 09 September), is a new, 50-minute, interactive show for all the family, written and directed by Derek Bond (Sweet Charity / Little Shop of Horrors, Royal Exchange Manchester).

The 2018 season finishes with the musical, Little Shop of Horrors (03 August – 15 September).

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?

Book and lyrics are by Howard Ashman, music by Alan Menken, based on the film by Roger Corman with screenplay by Charles Griffith.

Public booking opens December 6.

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