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Casting Announcement for London Free Open Air Theatre 2018

Open Air Theatre at ScoopLondon’s Free Open Air Theatre announces the cast and crew of their new adaptations of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and King Arthur, now in their 15th year at the outdoor amphitheatre The Scoop offering unforgettable and totally accessible experiences in the heart of the city – completely free of charge.

The cast, who perform in both shows, combine touring and West End experience with drama school graduates giving their debut performances. Adrian Decosta (Arthur in King Arthur and Tin Man in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) has performed in the West End, as well as the National Theatre and with the RSC, while Emma Hoey (Dorothy in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Gawynn in King Arthur) makes her professional debut after graduating from Mountview. They are joined by Sarah Agha (Homeland), Siobhan Cha (Autopsy: The Last Days of Lisa Lopes), Hadley Smith (Richard III, Swan Theatre), Tom Gordon (Pride and Prejudice, Courtyard Theatre Hereford), Henry Wyrley-Birch (Timothy, The Vaults), Eva Fontaine (After Orlando, Vibrant Festival), and PK Taylor, who performed in The Odyssey for London’s Free Open Air Theatre last summer.

“The audience is among the most diverse you’ll see in any London theatre and the setting lends itself perfectly to the summer atmosphere” Time Out

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, in an adaptation by Phil Willmott of the novel by Frank L Baum, will retell the beloved kids adventure story and undisputed American classic of how a little girl called Dorothy and her dog Toto, a scarecrow, a tin man and a cowardly lion set off down The Yellow Brick Road to make their dreams come true. Add a wicked witch, flying Monkeys, Munchkins and an eccentric wizard and you’ve the perfect recipe for a tale that will thrill children under ten and anyone with a brain, a warm heart and a little courage.
Thereafter, for a thrilling new dramatisation of the story of King Arthur (adapted by Phil Wilmott), we return to the poetry, majesty and magic of Sir Thomas Malory’s 1485 retelling of the epic story and focus on the love triangle between a king, a queen and a handsome young knight. Exploring the nature of kingship, loyalty and honour, it’s the captivating tale of an unlikely new king taught by the wizard Merlin to bravely live, love and rule with compassion.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz / King Arthur
Cast Sarah Agha, Emma Hoey, Siobhan Cha, Adrian Decosta, PK Taylor, Hadley Smith, Tom Gordon, Henry Wyrley-Birch and Eva Fontaine.

Assistant director Lara Alier
Designer Justin Williams & Jonny Rust
Lighting Designer Ben Jacobs
Sound Designer Theo Holloway
Projection Chris Lince
Costume Penn O’Gara
Head of stage + DSM Toby Burbidge
Stage manager + CSM Maddy Wade
Movement Director Francesca Bridge-Cicic
Fight Director Roger Bartlett
Production Manager Jake Evans
Adapted by Phil Wilmott
Directed by Phil Wilmott (and Justin Murray for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)
Produced by London’s Free Open Air Theatre Season
Performance Dates August 8th 2018 – September 2nd 2018, Wednesday – Saturday

6pm (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)
7.30pm (King Arthur)
matinees Sundays
4pm (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)
5.30pm (King Arthur)
Parents and Babies
Aug 26th, 2pm (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)
Running Time 60 mins (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)
150 mins, incl. Interval (King Arthur)
Venue The Scoop, Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2DB
Ticket Price Free

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