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Evita at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre cast announced

Four productions will grace the stage at the stunning London location this summer.

The cast for the upcoming Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of Evita has been unveiled.

Evita will be directed by Jamie Lloyd, who is currently producing and directing Betrayal and Pinter at the Pinter in London’s West End.

Samantha Pauly will make her UK debut in the leading role of Eva Peron. The actor recently starred in the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s production of SIX as well as performing the role of Valerie in Bat Out Of Hell. 

Also making their UK debut in Evita is Ektor Rivera. Rivera recently played the role of Emilio Estefan in the Broadway and US touring versions of On Your Feet!

Trent Saunders returns to the UK stage in the role of Che, following his appearance as St. Jimmy in Green Day’s American Idiot.

Completing today’s announcement is the news that Olivier Award nominee Frances Mayli McCann will take on the role of The Mistress.

Evita opens on Friday 2 August 2019 as part of the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre programme.

Thronton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize winning play Our Town will open the 2019 season at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, running from the 16 May until the 8 June 2019.

The Ellen McDougall directed play is the first of four the take to the outdoor stage, followed by an operatic performance of Hansel and Gretel, presented by the English National Opera. The opera, sung in English, will run from 14 June until the 22 July 2019.

Returning to the theatre for the first time in seven years, A Midsummer Night’s Dream will run from 28 June until the 27 July 2019 directed by Dominic Hill, Artistic Director of the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow.

The 2019 season will conclude with Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita, from the 2 August until the 21 September 2019.


The Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre opened in 1932, and is one of the largest theatres in London. Situated in the hear fo the royal park, the uncovered stage and auditorium have welcomed the likes of The Turn of the Screw, Little Shop of Horrors, The Crucible and more.

The theatre’s productions have won many awards, including the coveted Olivier. In 2016, its telling of Jesus Christ Superstar won the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, next year set to run at London’s Barbican Theatre.

The range of this year’s performances reaches from Our Town, a celebration of humanity and the bonds that hold communities together, to the classic musical Evita, directed by current Pinter at the Pinter director Jamie Lloyd.

Here is the season in full:

Our Town
By Thornton Wilder
Directed by Ellen McDougall

Thursday 16 May – Saturday 8 June

Monday – Saturday @ 7.45pm (gates 6.15pm)
Thursday & Saturday @ 2.15pm (gates 12.45pm)
No matinee 16 or 18 May

Hansel and Gretel (Opera)
By Engelbert Humperdinck
Conducted by Ben Glassberg | Directed by Timothy Sheader
Translation by David Pountney | Orchestral Reduction by Derek J Clark

Friday 14 June – Saturday 22 June

Monday – Saturday @ 8.00pm (gates 6.30pm)
Thursday & Saturday @ 2.15pm (gates 12.45pm)
No matinee 15 June

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Dominic Hill

Friday 28 June – Saturday 27 July

Monday – Saturday @ 7.45pm (gates 6.15pm)
Thursday & Saturday @ 2.15pm (gates 12.45pm)
No matinee 29 June

Lyrics by Tim Rice | Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Directed by Jamie Lloyd

Friday 2 August – Saturday 21 September

Monday – Saturday @ 7.45pm (gates 6.15pm)
Thursday & Saturday @ 2.15pm (gates 12.45pm)
No matinee 3 & 8 August

Tickets for the 2019 season at London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre are on sale now through

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