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Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre Announce 2020 Season

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre have today announced their 2020 season which opens with their first newly commissioned musical, 101 Dalmatians (16 May – 21 June), 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 – 25 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 their innovative approach to musicals, and the 2020 season concludes with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel (31 July – 19 September). Featuring a score that includes ‘If I Loved You’ and ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, director Timothy Sheader reunites with Jesus Christ Superstar choreographer Drew McOnie.

Carousel tickets booking now for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

Also during the season, Nicoll Entertainment presents Dragons and Mythical Beasts (11 August – 6 September), a new 50-minute daytime show written by Derek Bond and directed by Derek Bond and Laura Cubitt. From the team that created Dinosaur World Live, enter into a magical world of myths and legends in this fantastical new interactive show for all the family.

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.


101 Dalmatians
A New Musical
Book by Zinnie Harris, Music & Lyrics by Douglas Hodge
Based on the book by Dodie Smith
Saturday 16 May – Sunday 21 June
First preview: 16 May
Press Night: Wednesday 27 May (7.45pm)
Tuesday – Sunday @ 7.45pm (gates 6.15pm)
Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday @ 2.15pm (gates 12.45pm)
No matinee 16, 20, 23 or 27 May | No evening performance on 17 or 24 May

By William Shakespeare
Saturday 27 June – Saturday 25 July
First preview: 27 June
Press Night: Friday 3 July (7.45pm)
Monday – Saturday @ 7.45pm (gates 6.15pm)
Thursday & Saturday @ 2.15pm (gates 12.45pm)
No matinee 27 June | No evening performance on 2 July

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s

Music by Richard Rodgers
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on Ferenc Molnar’s Play “Liliom”
As adapted by Benjamin F. Glazer
Original Choreography by Agnes de Mille
Friday 31 July – Saturday 19 September
First preview: 31 July
Press Night: Thursday 6 August (7.45pm)
Monday – Saturday @ 7.45pm (gates 6.15pm)
Thursday & Saturday @ 2.15pm (gates 12.45pm)
No matinee 31 July or 6 August

Nicoll Entertainment presents

By Derek Bond
Tuesday 11 August – Sunday 6 September
Monday – Wednesday @ 2.15pm (gates 1.45pm)
Friday & Sunday @ 10.30pm (gates 10am) & 1pm (gates 12.30pm)
Saturday @ 10.30am (gates 10am)
No performances on Thursdays or Friday 4 September

DIRECTOR, 101 Dalmatians / Carousel
Timothy Sheader has been Artistic Director and Joint Chief Executive of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre since 2007.

For Regent’s Park: Hansel and Gretel, The Turn of the Screw (co-production with English National Opera; Olivier Award nomination, Best New Opera Production), Jesus Christ Superstar (Evening Standard Award winner, Best Musical; Olivier Award winner, Best Musical Revival; also at the Lyric Opera Chicago/Barbican/US Tour), A Tale of Two Cities, Running Wild (also UK tour), Peter Pan (Olivier Award nomination, Best Family and Entertainment), To Kill a Mockingbird (WhatsOnStage Award, Best Play Revival; also UK Tour/Barbican), The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Olivier Award nomination, Best Musical Revival), Crazy for You (Olivier Award winner, Best Musical Revival; also at the Novello), Hello, Dolly! (Olivier Award winner, Best Musical Revival; Evening Standard Award winner, Best Musical), Into the Woods (Olivier Award winner, Best Musical Revival/ available on Digital Theatre; also at Public Theater New York, Central Park).

Theatre includes: Barnum (Chichester); The Magistrate (National Theatre); Imagine This (New London); Hobson’s Choice, The Clandestine Marriage, Love in a Maze (Watermill); Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The Three Musketeers (Bristol Old Vic); The Star Throwers, Unless (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough); Misconceptions (Derby Playhouse); Streetcar to Tennessee (Young Vic); Achilles (Edinburgh Fringe First Award); Wild, Wild Women (Orange Tree); Arms and the Man (National Tour); Piaf, Sweet Charity (Sheffield Crucible; TMA Best Musical Award); My Fair Lady (Aarhus Teater, Denmark).
Opera includes: The Monstrous Child (Royal Opera House).

DIRECTOR, Romeo and Juliet
Theatre includes: Beryl (Octagon, Bolton); As You Like It (RSC/UK Tour); The Whip, Dido Queen of Carthage (Nominated for Best Director at UK theatre awards; RSC); Working (Royal Academy of Music); The Hate Play, Macbeth, Mark and the Marked (Box Clever Theatre); Whose Sari Now? (Stratford East); In the Solitude of Cotton Fields (Tristan Bates); Lomki (part of the Story Project, Southwark Playhouse); Diary of a Thief (King’s Head).
She has also directed new writing at Theatre 503, Tamasha, The New Diorama and Southwark Playhouse.

Work as Associate Director includes: Dream 16: A Play for the Nation (RSC); City of Angels (Donmar Warehouse); East is East (Trafalgar Studios).

As assistant director she has worked at The National Theatre, Headlong, West End and Kiln.

Kimberley trained at Rose Bruford College and the National Theatre Studio Directors course


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