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Little Shop of Horrors features in Regent's Park Open Air Theatre 2018 season

The season also sees a returning run of J M Barrie’s ”Peter Pan” and a new, musical version of ”As You Like It” from Max Webster and Charlie Fink

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre has announced its 2018 season which will see the return Peter Pan, a musical version of As You Like It and a new production of Little Shop of Horrors.

The 2018 season will mark the London return of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's musical, Little Shop of Horrors from 3 August to 15 September. Maria Aberg (Dr Faustus, RSC, Fantastic Mr Fox) will make her Open Air Theatre directorial debut, with design by Tom Scutt, musical supervision by Tom Deering and lighting design by Howard Hudson. The film version, directed by Frank Oz, went on to receive two Academy Award nominations when it premiered in 1986. The show features classic songs including "Suddenly, Seymour", "Skid Row (Downtown)", and "Dentist!".

The new season will open with JM Barrie's Peter Pan (17 May to 15 June). Directed by Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel, the production is a revival of the 2015 Olivier Award-nominated run to mark the final year of First World War Centenary Commemorations. In our review of the 2015 show, Laura Norman described the show as an 'enjoyable evening in a beautiful setting'.

This will be followed by the previously announced The Turn of the Screw (22 June to 30 June). The co-production with English National Opera will be conducted by ENO's Toby Purser, directed by Sheader with design by Soutra Gilmour.

Max Webster will then direct a reimagining of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It (6 July to 28 July), with original music by former Noah and the Whale frontman, Charlie Fink (The Lorax). Webster directed Twelfth Night at the same venue in 2014, where the classic was reimagined for those aged six years and over. The show also sees Webster and Fink collaborate again after their success with The Lorax at the Old Vic.

During the day, Dinosaur World Live – a new interactive show for all the family – will run from 14 August to 9 September.