Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in London has announced the first show for its 2024 season, and they are starting early, with a Spring show for the first time, and in a new venue.
The iconic open air venue will kick off 2024 with a world premiere stage musical adaptation of Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman’s hit children’s story Bear Snores On, with a book by Cush Jumbo and Katy Sechiari, and music & lyrics by Harry Blake.
Directed by Cush Jumbo and Katy Sechiari, Bear Snores On will play in a new indoor pop up space within the theatre grounds, from 23 March to 21 April 2024.
The show is suitable for audiences of 4+.
The creative team for Bear Snores On will also include Harry Blake (Musical Director), Rebecca Brower (Set & Costume Designer), Joshie Harriette (Lighting Designer), Lotte Hines (Casting Director), Cush Jumbo (Co-Director), Maia Kirkman-Richards (Puppet Designer & Director), Ebony Molina (Movement Director), Katy Sechiari (Co-Director) and Luke Swaffield (Sound Designer).
Adaptor and Co-Director Cush Jumbo said in a statement: “I am so thrilled to be bringing one of my favourite children’s books to life in the magical Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. This show is a theatrical experience made for all to enjoy and we hope that adults will enjoy it just as much (maybe more shh!) as their kids will.”
Outgoing Artistic Director Tim Sheader, and Executive Director James Pidgeon said: “Cush, Katy and Harry’s wonderful adaptation of Bear Snores On continues our commitment to creating exceptional, enriching and unexpected theatre for young people and their families; we could not be more delighted to be staging the piece at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre next spring. This project also marks a significant organisational moment for us, as it is the first time in our 91-year history that we will be producing a live theatre experience at the Open Air Theatre outside of our May – September summer season. We cannot wait for you to join us.”
Also coming to the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre this summer 2024 is a new musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s picture book The Enormous Crocodile. Boasting puppets by Spirited Away puppet designer and co-director Toby Olié, the show is developed and directed by Emily Lim, with music by Ahmed Abdullahi Gallab, a book and lyrics by Suhayla El-Bushra, and additional music and lyrics by Guys & Dolls musical supervisor and arranger Tom Brady.
Regent Park’s artistic director Timothy Sheader is leaving the venue next year, to become artistic director at the Donmar Warehouse.