Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is the only permanent professional outdoor theatre in Britain. Their new 2011 season promises something for everyone with classic plays, Shakespeare and a great big Broadway musical set to break new box-office records at this magical venue.
What’s on at the Open Air Theatre in 2011
Lord of The Flies
19 May – 18 June
William Golding’s classic novel is brought to the stage by the same team as last season’s The Crucible. After a group of schoolboys survive a massive plane crash, what starts as a classic desert island adventure quickly becomes a struggle for survival as superstition and immorality sees the community slide into a darkly sinister world. This production promises to rediscover this gripping drama in the unconfined and atmospheric setting of the open air. Recommended for ages 11+.
The Beggar’s Opera
23 June – 23 July
Director Lucy Bailey injects her trademark visual dynamism into John Gay’s original text and The City Waites, led by Roddy and Lucy Skeaping, use authentic instruments to recreate the popular ballads and folk tunes of the time. In The Beggar’s Opera a tangled web of lies and deceit blissfully unravels between innocent but feisty heroine Polly Peachum, her wronged rival Lucy Lockit and Macheath, their irrepressible highwayman lover. Set deep in London’s underworld, this comedy of highwaymen, hangmen and harlots is an uncompromising exposure of moral and financial corruption.
Re-imagined for everyone ages six and over
02 July – 23 July
Continuing the successful series of Shakespeare plays for younger audiences, and making its first appearance at the Open Air Theatre since 1939, Pericles is re-imagined for everyone aged six and over. The young prince, Pericles, takes to the high seas on a quest to discover the world. An odyssey adventure of shipwrecks, tournaments and of love lost, and found, this is a journey into adulthood and a celebration of family to enjoy together.
Crazy For You
28 July – 10 September
George and Ira Gershwin’s hit musical comedy is packed full of classic songs including “I Got Rhythm”, “Someone To Watch Over Me”, “Embraceable You” and “Nice Work If You Can Get It”. The original 1992 production won both the Tony and Olivier Award for Best New Musical, and the creative team from the Open Air’s multi-award winning production of Hello, Dolly! reunite to bring you a joyous musical treat. The production is led by director Timothy Sheader, choreographer Stephen Mear and designer Peter McKintosh, plus Into the Woods musical supervisor, Gareth Valentine.