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Our Town and Evita among the Open Air Theatre 2019 season

Friday, 30th Nov 2018

Considering the cold weather here in the UK, summer might seem like a far away prospect at the moment, but that has not stopped the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre from releasing details of their summer 2019 season.

So whilst it might seem like a long time until we enjoy those warm summer nights experiencing outdoor theatre in Regent’s Park, we can now plan which shows will be graced with our presence from May, with Our Town, Hansel & Gretel, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Evita all part of the mix.

Our Town is an interesting choice for the beginning of the season. Described as a ‘metatheatrical’ play, it was first seen in the late 1930s and comes to the Open Air Theatre in May under the direction of Ellen McDougal.

This ‘metatheatrical’ element comes through the use of its setting – the theatre in which the show is taking place – as we explore the lives of various people between 1901 and 1913 in Grover’s Corner, USA. The Stage Manager is the main character and he helps audiences delve into the lives of those living in the fictional town, whilst interacting with them at various moments as well.

Penned by Thornton Wilder, it has had an interesting time during the 20th century, first appearing in New Jersey in 1938 and then New York, before being adapted for the radio and the screen on numerous occasions and enjoying a Tony Award-winning revival in the 1980s. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1938
Our Town will run at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre from Thursday 16th May 2019 to Saturday 8th June 2019.

The season will end with the revival of Evita, directed by the in-demand Jamie Lloyd. The iconic musical will run at the venue from Friday 2nd August 2019 to Saturday 21st September 2019, undoubtedly attracting theatregoers from across the capital.

Between those two productions, Timothy Sheader directs Hansel & Gretel in the middle of June and Dominic Hill directs A Midsummer Night’s Dream from late June to late July.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.

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