Regent's Park Open Air Theatre announces 2016 season

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre announces 2016 season

Updated On: May 1, 2018
By Nicki McIntyre
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    The Regent's Park Open Air Theatre has announced its 2016 season celebrating British writing, which will include a full staging of Michael Morpurgo's Running Wild, William Shakespeare's Henry V, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar, and the return of 2013's hit production of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

    Regent's Park Open Air Theatre's Artistic Director Timothy Sheader said: "In a year when the world celebrates the life and work of Shakespeare, our 2016 season champions British writing. Whilst giving classics a new voice through outdoor production, I am delighted to be bringing a new play, Running Wild, to the stage this season. I am passionate about storytelling and of creating work that enhances the shared experience of theatregoing, and I look forward to sharing these productions with our audiences."

    Michael Morpurgo's Running Wild will open the 2016 season beginning previews 13 May, with press night 19 May, running until 12 June. Adapted by Samuel Adamson in a co-production with Chichester Festival Theatre, Timothy Sheader and original Chichester director Dale Rooks direct with puppetry design and direction by Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié, both previous Associate Puppetry Directors on War Horse. A story of love, loss, loyalty and of living for the moment, Running Wild follows Will and his mother, who go to Indonesia for a new start, and the chance for Will to ride an elephant called Oona. But then the tsunami hit. Charging deep into the jungle Oona escapes the beach, but with her rider still clinging on, Will must now learn to survive the rainforest - and he is not alone.

    To commemorate the legacy of Shakespeare, 400 years since the playwright's death, Henry V will kick off previews 17 June, opening night 22 June, running until 9 July. Donmar Warehouse Associate Director Robert Hastie will direct Henry V, having recently received critical acclaim for Splendour by Abi Morgan and My Night With Reg, which subsequently transferred to the Apollo Theatre.

    Jesus Christ Superstar will begin previews 15 July, with opening night 21 July, running until 27 August, marking the first time a Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber musical has debuted at Regent's Park. Celebrating 45 years since this seminal musical first hit the stage, Timothy Sheader will direct this epic story with choreography by Drew McConie (Jekyll & Hyde, In The Heights).

    The 2013 sell-out production of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, adapted for the stage by Simon Reade and directed by Deborah Bruce, will conclude the 2016 season, running from 2-17 September.

    Full cast and creative team for all 2016 Regent's Park Open Air Theatre productions will be announced in due course.