OMG, you guys! The new season of Regent's Park Open Air Theatre has finally been confirmed for 2022, with three new productions showcasing during the summer which will kick off in May with a new production of Legally Blonde: The Musical. The season also includes a new version of Antigone and the premiere of 101 Dalmatians.
Co-writer of Six the Musical, Lucy Moss directs Legally Blonde, which is based on the 2001 movie of the same name and centers on fashion-obsessed sorority girl Elle Woods, who follows her ex-boyfriend all the way to Harvard Law School as she tries to win him back. As she begins to study the law more seriously, however, she begins to see how she can succeed without making sacrifices to her own style. The musical played in London previously back in 2009, and won three Olivier Awards, including 'Best New Musical'. The latest production of the show will begin on May 13th with an official opening night on May 24th ahead of a run through to July 2nd.
There will also be three assisted performances of Legally Blonde during the season: BSL-interpreted on June 21st captioned on June 24th, and audio-described including a touch tour on June 25th.
The next production to feature in the summer season will be the premiere of the new musical adaptation of 101 Dalmatians from July 12th until August 28th following its unfortunate postponement due to the pandemic. The production will have an opening night on July 22nd and is based on the 1996 Disney movie and features lyrics and music by Douglas Hodge, and a book by Johnny McKnight adapted for the stage by Zinnie Harris and is based on a story by Dodie Smith. 101 Dalmations will be directed by Timothy Sheader.
There will be a relaxed performance of 101 Dalmatians on August 14th that allows audience members with learning disabilities, autism, or other communication or sensory needs to experience the show.
The final production that will feature during the summer season at the Regents Park Theatre will be a new version of Sophocles' play Antigone. The play was written by playwright Inua Ellams who retells the classic story of a girl who has to go on the run after giving her brother a proper burial against her rigid and powerful uncle's wishes. The production will be directed by Max Webster, with choreography by Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, and will play from September 3rd-24th, with an official opening night on September 9th.
Antigone will also have three assisted performances: BSL-interpreted on September 13th captioned on September 16th, and audio-described with a touch tour on September 24th.