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The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess comes to the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park this Summer.
This acclaimed and respectful adaptation by Suzan-Lori Parke and Diedre L. Murray of The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, retains the essence of the original, classic 1935 musical whilst giving it a contemporary spin.
Winner of two Tony Awards in 2012 including Best Revival of a Musical, this intimate and atmospheric production features some of the most famous songs in the Great American musical songbook including I Got Plenty Of Nothing, It Ain’t Necessarily So, I Loves You Porgy and the poignantly beautiful Summertime.
Porgy and Bess is directed by Tim Sheader with designs by Katrina Lindsay.
This powerful tale of love and betrayal is the story of crippled beggar Porgy, who devotes himself body and soul to taming his wild love Bess and saving her from a life of ruin. Yet, despite Porgy’s best efforts, new beginnings give way to temptation as Bess is haunted by the demons of her past.
A fabulous British and American cast includes Rufus Bonds Jr (The Color Purple, Disney’s The Lion King, Parade) as Porgy and Nicola Hughes (The Color Purple, Fosse, Chicago) as Bess, along with Phillip Boykin as Crown, Cedric Neal as Sportin’ Life and Olivier Award-winning Sharon D Clarke as Mariah.
Other cast includes David Albury, Angela Caesar, Jade Ewen, Alex Giannini, Owain Gwynn, Tyrone Huntley, George Ikediashi, Claudia Kariuki, Arthur Kyeyune, Oliver Lidert, Leon Lopez, Jay Marsh, Tania Mathurin, Ellen O’Grady, Golda Rosheuvel, Yemie Sonuga and Marvin Springer.
WEATHER POLICY: The auditorium and stage are completely uncovered. Regent's Park Open Air Theatre will make every effort to complete the performance and reserve the right to stop and start the action as necessary. Performances are never cancelled or abandoned before the advertised starting time and then only in the event of very bad weather. If cancellation or abandonment is unavoidable, ticket holders will be entitled to equivalent seats for any other performance in the main repertoire (excludes one-off comedy, music and film events), subject to availability. Refunds are not given for cancellation or abandonment as a result of the weather. In any event, personal arrangements including travel, accommodation or hospitality relating to the event which have been arranged by you are at your own risk and not refundable by us. Where tickets were purchased at a promotional rate, alternative performances will still be offered but may be restricted. Music, comedy and film events (which are one-off events and not part of the main repertoire) take place regardless of weather conditions. of the main repertoire) take place regardless of weather conditions.