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Theatre Channel releasing Rodgers & Hammerstein special

The episode is co-produced with Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

The cast of Episode 7
The cast of Episode 7

Exclusive: The Theatre Channel has announced details of episode seven, a Rodgers and Hammerstein special, which will be available via from Friday 18 June.

A co-production with Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, the episode will include a look at the making of the venue's upcoming revival of Carousel. This will include behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage with Natasha May Thomas, who plays Louise Bigelow, and choreographer Drew McOnie.

The episode also features Michael Xavier (who starred in the Open Air's The Sound Of Music), three time Olivier Award-nominee Josefina Gabrielle (Oklahoma! (West End & Broadway); The King and I; Merrily We Roll Along; Sweet Charity) and Helen Hayes Award-winner Caroline Sheen (Mary Poppins; 9 to 5 the Musical; The Witches of Eastwick; Les Misérables).

Further casting includes Les Misérables' Daniel Koek and Amara Okereke, and recent ArtsEd graduates Ethlinn Rose and Tavio Wright.

The cast will once again be joined by resident ensemble ‘The New Café Five,' comprised of Anthony Starr, Danny Becker, Kayleigh Thadani, M-Jae Cleopatra Isaac and Vicki Lee Taylor.

Artistic director of Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, Timothy Sheader, said: "We applaud all of the digital theatre content that has been created over the past 18 months and recognise, that going forward, digital platforms will
be synonymous with the outreach of live theatre.

"We are delighted to partner with The Theatre Channel in their exploration of Rodgers and Hammerstein and are excited to share an insight into our upcoming revival of Carousel."

The creative team for episode 7 includes director Thom Southerland, musical supervisor Michael England, co-director and choreographer Ashley Nottingham, lighting designer Aaron J Dootson, production designer James Turner, videographer Piers Foley and sound designer Keegan Curran.

Episodes one to six of The Theatre Channel are available via now.