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Evita directed by Jamie Lloyd announced as part of Regent's Park Open Air Theatre 2019 season

The hit musical returns as the outdoor venue announces its plans for the new year

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
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The Regent's Park Open Air Theatre has announced its 2019 season.

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical Evita will be revived in a new production, running from 2 August to 21 September. It will be directed by Jamie Lloyd, who is currently overseeing the Pinter at the Pinter season in the West End. Lloyd was previously assistant director on Michael Grandage's production of Evita in the West End in 2006. Casting and full creative team for the show are to be announced.

Opening the 2019 season will be Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Our Town, directed by Ellen McDougall (artistic director of the Gate Theatre). Running from 16 May to 8 June, the piece was written in 1938 and tells the story of a fictional small American town and its citizens.

Citizens Theatre Glasgow artistic director Dominic Hill will direct a new production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream from 28 June to 27 July, suitable for those aged 12 and over. More details are to be announced.

The Open Air Theatre's artistic director Timothy Sheader will direct a new production of Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, in association with the English National Opera. Conducted by Ben Glassberg, translated by David Pountney with orchestral reduction by Derek J Clark, the opera runs from 14 to 22 June and marks a continued collaboration between the two venues following their production of The Turn of the Screw earlier this year.

Further to the shows at the venue, full tour dates and casting for the previously announced UK tour of the Open Air production of To Kill a Mockingbird have also been confirmed.

The Open Air Theatre's production of Jesus Christ Superstar will also run at the Barbican from 4 July to 24 August, with tickets on sale now.