Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre reveals 2022 season

Last Updated on 15 November 2021 by Showcall Editorial Team

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in London will stage a revival of musical Legally Blonde, new musical 101 Dalmatians and Inua Ellams’ version of Antigone

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in summer 2021. Photo: David Jensen & Feast Creative

A revival of Legally Blonde and Inua Ellams’ new adaptation of Antigone will join new musical 101 Dalmatians in next year’s programme at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

Legally Blonde, which was a hit when it ran in London’s West End and on tour, will be directed by Lucy Moss whose credits include co-writing and co-directing global phenomenon Six the Musical.

Running from 13 May to 2 July 2022, with press night on 24 May, it will be the first production in the theatre’s 90th-anniversary season.

It will feature a creative team including choreographer Ellen Kane, musical supervisor Cat Beveridge and sound designer Tony Gayle. Casting, led by casting directors Pippa Ailion and Natalie Gallacher, is yet to be announced.

Based on the film, Legally Blonde features music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin and a book by Heather Hach. It originally premiered on Broadway in 2007 and in the West End in 2009.

Ellams, who is best known for the acclaimed Barber Shop Chronicles, has written a contemporary adaptation of Sophocles’ epic classic, Antigone, running from 3 to 24 September 2022, with press night on 9 September.

Directed by Max Webster, it was commissioned by Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. The creative team also includes choreographer Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, sound designer Emma Laxton, composer Shez Manzoor, costume designer Khadija Raza, set designer Leslie Travers and associate director Jo Tyabji. Casting will be by Polly Jerrold.

The new musical of Dodie Smith’s classic story, 101 Dalmatians, which was previously announced and then postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, will run from 12 July to 28 August 2022, with press night on 22 July.

It will be directed by Timothy Sheader, the theatre’s artistic director, and features music and lyrics by actor and musician Douglas Hodge and a book by Johnny McKnight, based on a stage adaptation by Zinnie Harris.

The creative team will also include leading puppetry designer and director Toby Olié, musical director Tarek Merchant, musical supervisor and orchestrator Sarah Travis, choreographer Liam Steel, set designer Colin Richmond, sound designer Nick Lidster for Autograph, lighting designer Howard Hudson, costume designer Katrina Lindsay and assistant choreographer Tash Holway.

Casting will be led by Jill Green, with children’s casting by Verity Naughton and Nick Hockaday for Verity Naughton Casting.

The theatre will work with Mousetrap Theatre Projects to create a relaxed performance of 101 Dalmatians on Sunday 14 August at 2.15pm. Relaxed performances are designed to provide those with learning disabilities or those who are on the autism spectrum or have other sensory and communication needs who would benefit from a more relaxed environment, the opportunity to experience the production.

Members’ priority booking for the 2022 season opens at 11am on Tuesday 16 November 2021, followed by public booking from 11am on Tuesday 7 December 2021.


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