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Drew McOnie to direct On the Town at Regent's Park

The new season at the Open Air Theatre has been announced

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Drew McOnie
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Drew McOnie is to direct and choreograph a new production of Leonard Bernstein's On The Town as part of Regent's Park Open Air Theatre's new season.

McOnie returns to the theatre after he choreographed the recent staging of Jesus Christ Superstar, which also returns as part of the season. On the Town, which includes songs such as "New York, New York" and "Lonely Town", will be the biggest dance musical ever staged at the Open Air Theatre. It will run from 19 May to 1 July with opening night on 25 May.

As part of the season, the theatre is staging Dickens Uncovered, a series of performances celebrating the life of the novelist. Regent's Park artistic director Timothy Sheader is directing A Tale of Two Cities (7 July to 5 August), adapted by Matthew Dunster. The book is set in London and Paris before and during the French revolution.

Caroline Byrne will also direct Oliver Twist Created for Everyone Aged Six and Over, adapted by playwright Anya Reiss from Dickens' original novel. The show will run from 17 July to 5 August.

The already announced Jesus Christ Superstar will return to the theatre between 11 August to 16 September.