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A Midsummer Night’s Dream cast announced

Four productions will grace the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre's stage this summer.

The cast for the upcoming Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream has been unveiled.

Directed by Dominic Hill, who is currently Artistic Director of Citizen’s Theatre, Glasgow, the production starts Amber James as Hippolyta/Titania, Kieran Hill as Theseus/Oberon, Susan Wokoma as Bottom and Myra McFadyen as Puck.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is Shakespeare’s fantastical fable of desire, focusing on  the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta. Alongside this, four young lovers and a group of six amateur actors are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set.

In this thrilling new production, through live music, playful adventure and physical invention, audiences will see the lovers’ world transformed into a place of magic, laughter and healing, as they journey into the woods.

Remy Beasley, Gabrielle Brook, Michael Elcock and Pierro Niel-Mee appear as Helena, Hermia, Lysander and Demetrius respectively. While the rest of the cast includes Liz Crowther (Starveling), Joshua Miles (Flute), Lee Mengo (Snout), Tomi Ogbaro (Snug) and Gareth Snook (Qunice/Egeus), with Matthew James Hinchliffe, Mei Mac, Simon Oskarsson, Yana Penrose and Emily Rose-Salter (Fairies).

Joining Dominic Hill on the creative team are Rachael Canning (Designer), Emily-Jane Boyle (Movement Director), Paddy Cunneen (Composer), Ben Ormerod (Lighting Designer) and Simon Baker and Jay Jones (Co-Sound Designers). Casting is by Vicky Richardson, and Barbara Houseman is the Season Associate Director (Voice and Text).

A Midsummer Night’s Dream opens on Friday 28 June 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, 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.

Following the run of A Midsummer Night’s Dream until 27 July 2019, the season will conclude with Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita from the 2 August.

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 Reviva.

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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