NEWS: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre Announces 2023 Season

The 2023 season will open on the 10th May.

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre have announced their 2023 season, which will open with a production of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s musical Once On This Island ( 10th May until the 10th June) directed by Ola Ince.

This will then be followed by Carl Grose’s Robin Hood: The Legend. Re-written (17th June – 22nd July). Directed by Melly still, this production reimagines the legendary tale and will be filled with original songs. It is a Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre commission. Carl Grose is known for his works such as Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), Grand Guignol and the West End musical The Grinning Man.

It will be followed by La Cage aux Folles (29th July – 16th September), with a book by Harvey Fierstein, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, based on the play by Jean Poiret. It will be directed by Timothy Sheader.  

Meanwhile, work for younger audiences and families includes a brand new adaptation of Ben Okri’s Every Leaf A Hallelujah (22nd May – 10th June), adapted by Chinonyerem Odimba, The Tempest re-imagined for everyone aged six and over (30th June – 22nd July) revised and directed by Jennifer Tang in a co-production with the Unicorn Theatre, and Nicoll Entertainment’s Dinosaur World Live (11th August – 3rd September), written and directed by Derek Bond.

Talking about the news, Artistic Director Timothy Sheader said: “Our 2022 season was big and bold; we were thrilled with how all three shows brought very different audiences to the Park. The 2023 season increases our commitment to commissioning and producing new work alongside our reimagined revivals and we are delighted to welcome Carl Grose and Chinonyerem Odimba to our stages. After the completion of a major capital project this winter the auditorium will be increased by a further 53 seats, all of which will be sold in the lower price bands. I am particularly excited that we can offer productions for children and families throughout the entirety of the season, engaging younger audiences with the magic of live performance. We look forward to you joining us next summer.”

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