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Jamie Lloyd to direct Evita at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
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Jamie Lloyd will direct a new production of Evita at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre next year, as part of its 2019 season.

The London theatre will also stage Our Town directed by Ellen McDougall and a version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It will also continue its collaboration with English National Opera, on a production of Hansel and Gretel.

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Evita will conclude the summer 2019 season, directed by Lloyd. No casting has yet been announced.

It is the second Lloyd Webber musical to run at the venue, following its acclaimed production of Jesus Christ Superstar, which transfers to the Barbican next summer ahead of a US tour.

The summer season will open with Thornton Wilder’s 1938 play Our Town, directed by the Gate Theatre’s artistic director Ellen McDougall.

It will be followed by a co-production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, in collaboration with English National Opera. It will be sung in English, directed by the theatre’s artistic director Timothy Sheader and conducted by Ben Glassberg.

Elsewhere, Dominic Hill, artistic director of the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow, will direct A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Also announced is the cast for the touring production of To Kill a Mockingbird, which ran at Regent’s Park in 2013. The tour opens at Curve in Leicester on February 3, with a cast led by Simon Robson as Atticus Finch.

It continues across the UK and Ireland until June, when the tour is scheduled to finish at Eden Court Theatre in Inverness.

Season at a glance:

Our Town by Thornton Wilder
Directed by Ellen McDougall
May 16 to June 8, press night on May 22

Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck
Directed by Timothy Sheader
June 14 to 22, press night on June 17

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Directed by Dominic Hill
June 28 to July 27, press night on July 5

Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice
Directed by Jamie Lloyd
August 2 to September 21, press night on August 8

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