Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre's 2023 summer season will launch May 10, 2023, with Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s Tony-nominated musical Once On This Island.
Directed by Ola Ince, performances will continue through June 10.
Carl Grose’s Robin Hood: The Legend. Re-written, a Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre commission directed by Melly Still, will follow, running June 17–July 22. This new take on the classic tale is set in a desperate, divided kingdom where only the truly cunning can outwit the sheriff’s terrifying wrath.
Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein's Tony-winning La Cage aux Folles will conclude the summer season. Helmed by Artistic Director Timothy Sheader, performances are scheduled for July 29–September 16.
Work for younger audiences and families includes a new adaptation of Ben Okri’s Every Leaf A Hallelujah (May 22-June 10), adapted by Chinonyerem Odimba; The Tempest re-imagined for everyone aged six and over (June 30–July 22), revised and directed by Jennifer Tang in a co-production with the Unicorn Theatre; and Nicoll Entertainment’s Dinosaur World Live (August 11–September 3), written and directed by Derek Bond.
Full creative teams and casting for all productions will be announced at a later time.
Artistic Director Sheader said, “Our 2022 season was big and bold; we were thrilled with how all three shows brought very different audiences to the Park. The 2023 season increases our commitment to commissioning and producing new work alongside our reimagined revivals, and we are delighted to welcome Carl Grose and Chinonyerem Odimba to our stages. After the completion of a major capital project this winter, the auditorium will be increased by a further 53 seats, all of which will be sold in the lower price bands. I am particularly excited that we can offer productions for children and families throughout the entirety of the season, engaging younger audiences with the magic of live performance. We look forward to you joining us next summer.”
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