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Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre to stage revival of Little Shop of Horrors

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Photo: David Jensen Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Photo: David Jensen
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Productions of Little Shop of Horrors, As You Like It and Peter Pan will feature in Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s 2018 season, it has been announced.

Maria Aberg will make her Regent’s Park debut with a new production of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s Little Shop of Horrors, which will be designed by Tom Scutt.

The London theatre’s season will open in May with the return of Peter Pan, directed by artistic director Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel.

The production, set amid the First World War, originally ran in 2015 and was nominated for an Olivier award. It is being revived to mark the final year of the First World War Centenary Commemorations.

It will be followed by the previously announced co-production of The Turn of the Screw with English National Opera, which will be directed by Sheader, conducted by Toby Purser and designed by Soutra Gilmour.

Elsewhere, Max Webster directs As You Like It, which sees him return to the theatre following his 2014 production of Twelfth Night. The production will have original music by former Noah and the Whale frontman Charlie Fink.

A new interactive family show Dinosaur World Live, written and directed by Derek Bond, will play daytime performances during the summer.

Jesus Christ Superstar, which ran at the theatre in its past two summer seasons, will transfer to the Lyric Opera of Chicago in April 2018, it has also been announced.

The season at a glance

Peter Pan by JM Barrie
Directed by Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel
May 17 to June 15, with press night on May 24

The Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten and Myfanwy Piper
Directed by Timothy Sheader
June 22 to 30, with press night on June 25

As You Like It by William Shakespeare
Directed by Max Webster
July 6 to 28, with press night on July 11

Dinosaur World Live by Derek Bond and Max Humphries
Directed by Derek Bond
August 14 to September 9

Little Shop of Horrors by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
Directed by Maria Aberg
August 3 to September 15, with press night on August 9

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