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Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre: Lead Creatives for Romeo and Juliet and Carousel

Regent's Park Open Air TheatreRegent’s Park Open Air Theatre have confirmed the lead creatives for Romeo and Juliet and Carousel, which play during their 2020 season. Creating Romeo and Juliet (27 June – 25 July), director Kimberley Sykes is joined by Naomi Dawson (designer), Shelley Maxwell (movement director), Lee Curran (lighting designer) and Giles Thomas (sound designer and composer). Joining the already announced director Timothy Sheader and choreographer Drew McOnie to create Carousel (31 July – 19 September) are Tom Scutt (set and costume designer), Tom Deering (musical supervisor), Aideen Malone (lighting designer) and Nick Lidster for Autograph (sound designer).

The Season Associate Director (Voice & Text) is Barbara Houseman. Casting is by Stuart Burt CDG and Annelie Powell CDG (Romeo and Juliet) and James Orange CDG (Carousel).

Prior to Romeo and Juliet, Kimberley Sykes (director) directs The Whip (RSC). Recent credits also include: As You Like It (RSC/UK Tour), Dido Queen of Carthage (Nominated for Best Director at UK Theatre Awards; RSC), and Beryl (Octagon, Bolton).

Naomi Dawson (designer, Romeo and Juliet) previously designed As You Like It at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre (2018). Recent credits also include: Light Falls, Happy Days (Royal Exchange, Manchester), The Convert (Young Vic), The Tin Drum (Kneehigh), King John and Doctor Faustus (RSC).

Shelley Maxwell (movement director, Romeo and Juliet) won the 2019 Black British Theatre Award for Best Choreography for Equus (Theatre Royal Stratford East/Trafalgar Studios). Recent credits include: Master Harold and the Boys, Hansard, Antony & Cleopatra, Twelfth Night and Nine Night (National Theatre), Tartuffe (RSC), and currently Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith).

Lee Curran (lighting designer, Romeo and Juliet) is a three-time nominee for the Oliver Award for Best Lighting Design, for Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, also Barbican/Lyric Opera, Chicago/US Tour), Summer and Smoke (Almeida/Duke of York’s) and Constellations (Royal Court/Duke of York’s/New York/UK Tour). Recent credits include: Peter Pan (Birmingham Rep), The Son (Kiln/Duke of York’s), West Side Story (Royal Exchange, Manchester).

Giles Thomas (sound designer and composer, Romeo and Juliet) recently designed sound for The Weatherman (Park Theatre), Master Harold and the Boys (National Theatre), Hedda Gabler (Sherman Cymru) and Equus (Theatre Royal Stratford East/Trafalgar Studios). He was nominated for Best Sound Design in the 2015 Offie Awards for Pomona (National Theatre/Royal Exchange, Manchester/Orange Tree).

Timothy Sheader (director, Carousel) has been Artistic Director and Joint Chief Executive of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre since 2007. His productions of Hello, Dolly! and Jesus Christ Superstar both won the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical Revival, with Crazy for You and Into the Woods also winning the Olivier Award. His production of To Kill a Mockingbird won the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Play Revival. Other recent credits include: the operas Hansel and Gretel and The Turn of the Screw (in co-productions with English National Opera), Running Wild (also UK Tour), Peter Pan and, for the Royal Opera House, The Monstrous Child.

Tom Scutt (set and costume designer, Carousel) previously designed Little Shop of Horrors (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), for which he won the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Set Design, and Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, also Barbican/ Lyric Opera, Chicago/US Tour). Recent credits also include: Fairview (Young Vic), Summer and Smoke (Duke of York’s), Constellations (Royal Court/Duke of York’s/New York/UK Tour) and King Charles III (Almeida/Wyndham’s/Broadway), for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Costume Design. For Donmar Warehouse, he also directed and co-designed Berberian Sound Studio.

Drew McOnie (choreographer, Carousel) was nominated for an Olivier Award for his work on Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, also Barbican/Lyric Opera, Chicago/US Tour), and On The Town (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), which he directed and choreographed, was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival. He won the Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreography for In The Heights (Kings Cross Theatre/Southwark Playhouse). Recent credits include: as director/ choreographer, King Kong (Broadway), Strictly Ballroom (Piccadilly) and The Wild Party (Other Palace); as director, Torch Song (Turbine Theatre); and for the McOnie Company, Jekyll and Hyde (Old Vic).

Tom Deering (musical supervisor, Carousel) received an Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Music for Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, also Barbican/ Lyric Opera, Chicago/US Tour), an award he won for In The Heights (King’s Cross Theatre/Southwark Playhouse). Previous credits for Regent’s Park include: Little Shop of Horrors and On The Town. Other recent credits include: Standing at the Sky’s Edge (music supervisor, arrangements and orchestrations; Sheffield Crucible), The Color Purple (musical director; Menier), and as composer, The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee Takes Oral Evidence on Whitehall’s Relationship with Kids Company (Donmar Warehouse).

Aideen Malone (lighting designer, Carousel) is currently working on A Kind of People (Royal Court) and Death of a Salesman (Young Vic/Piccadilly). Recent credits also include: A Monster Calls (Old Vic/Bristol Old Vic), Brighton Rock (York Theatre Royal/UK Tour), Peter Pan (National Theatre) and Jane Eyre (Bristol Old Vic/National Theatre/UK Tour).

Nick Lidster (sound designer, Carousel) is a WhatsOnStage nominee for Best Sound Design for Evita (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), and he received an Olivier Award nomination for Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, also Barbican/Lyric Opera, Chicago/US Tour). Other credits for Regent’s Open Air Theatre include: Hansel and Gretel, The Turn of the Screw (co-productions with English National Opera), Peter Pan, On The Town, Porgy and Bess and The Sound of Music.

Opening the season is Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s first newly commissioned musical, 101 Dalmatians (16 May – 21 June), based on Dodie Smith’s iconic story, with book by Zinnie Harris and music and lyrics by Douglas Hodge. The already announced creative team includes: Timothy Sheader (director), Katrina Lindsay (set and costume designer), Liam Steel (choreographer), Toby Olié (puppetry design and direction), Sarah Travis (musical supervisor and orchestrator), Howard Hudson (lighting designer), Nick Lidster for Autograph (sound design) and Tarek Merchant (musical director). Casting is by Jill Green CDG, with children’s casting by Verity Naughton CDG.

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.

From June 2020, the theatre’s sell-out production of Evita transfers to the Barbican Theatre (27 June – 22 August). Winner of the Evening Standard Award for Best Musical, the production has also received eight nominations in the WhatsOnStage Awards, including Best Musical Revival, Best Director (Jamie Lloyd), Best Set Design (Soutra Gilmour), Best Choreography (Fabian Aloise), Best Musical Direction (Alan Williams), Best Listing Design (Jon Clark), Best Sound Design (Nick Lidster for Autograph) and Best Graphic Design.

Evita is produced by William Village and Timothy Sheader for Regent’s Park Theatre Ltd by special arrangement with The Really Useful Group Limited.

What’s On At Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

101 Dalmations, Carousel, Romeo and Juliet, Dragons & Mythical Beasts

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