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Drew McOnie to direct On the Town for new Regent’s Park season

Drew McOnie
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Choreographer Drew McOnie will direct a revival of On the Town at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre for the venue’s 2017 season.

Two plays inspired by the writing of Charles Dickens will also be staged at the theatre in a celebration of the writer’s work.

McOnie’s On the Town, which he will also choreograph, will run from May 19 to July 1, with a press night on May 25.

The musical has music by Leonard Bernstein, with a book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Producers claim it will be “the biggest dance musical ever staged at the Open Air Theatre”.

Later, a new adaptation of Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities by Matthew Dunster with be staged at the outdoor venue, directed by artistic director Timothy Sheader. It will run at the theatre from July 7 to August 5, with a press night on July 13.

Also part of the Dickens Uncovered series will be a children’s show, Oliver Twist Created for Everyone Aged Six and Over, adapted from the original by Anya Reiss.

Caroline Byrne will direct the show, which will run alongside A Tale of Two Cities from July 17 to August 5 – with press performances on July 23 and 24.

As previously announced, the theatre’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar will return from August 11 to September 16.

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