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Michael Morpurgo’s Running Wild at the New Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre Season

Friday, 13th Nov 2015

Audiences looking forward to the 2016 season at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre will be thrilled to hear that the line-up of shows has been revealed, with the usual mix of compelling drama and high profile musicals making the cut.

Michael Morpurgo’s Running Wild is adapted by Samuel Adamson and directed by Timothy Sheader & Dale Rook from May to June, with Henry V playing from June to July, Jesus Christ Superstar from July to August and Pride & Prejudice returning in September.

There are plenty of chooses on that list that will leave audiences satisfied, but in the year that War Horse is due to close its doors at the New London theatre, fans of the work will be happy to see Running Wild on the list. Like War Horse, the show comes from writer Michael Morpurgo and it also features an animal as a companion.

It tells an intimate story amongst the setting of the 2004 Tsunami, with Will heading to Indonesia with his mother so that can start afresh following the death of his father in the Iraq War. Whilst there he rides an elephant named Oona and as the Tsunami strikes he is still accompanying the animal as she flees into the rainforest. The two of them must now rely on each other for their survival.

The novel was published in 2009 and was well-received by critics and fans so it is bound to be a worthy successor to War Horse as it plays in the capital in 2016.

In addition to Running Wild and War Horse, Morpurgo is also responsible for novels like Private Peaceful (itself adapted to the stage), as well as Kensuke’s Kingdom and The Butterfly Lion, amongst others.

The production opens an impressive season and audiences are also likely to be thrilled with the return of Jesus Christ Superstar from July. Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beloved musical will also be directed by Timothy Sheader, the Open Air Theatre’s Artistic Director.

Running Wild opens at the 2016 Open Air Theatre season with a run of performances starting from Thursday 19th May 2016 (previews from Friday 13th May 2016) and continuing to Sunday 12th June 2016.

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