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Casting announced for London Free Open Air Theatre shows at the Scoop

Open Air Theatre at The Scoop

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CASTING has been announced for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and King Arthur, this summer’s shows at The Scoop.

The cast, who perform in both shows, combine touring and West End experience with drama school graduates giving their debut performances.

Adrian Decosta (Arthur in King Arthur and Tin Man in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) has performed in the West End, as well as the National Theatre and with the RSC, while Emma Hoey (Dorothy in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Gawynn in King Arthur) makes her professional debut after graduating from Mountview.

They are joined by Sarah Agha (Homeland), Siobhan Cha (Autopsy: The Last Days of Lisa Lopes), Hadley Smith (Richard III, Swan Theatre), Tom Gordon (Pride and Prejudice, Courtyard Theatre Hereford), Henry Wyrley-Birch (Timothy, The Vaults), Eva Fontaine (After Orlando, Vibrant Festival), and PK Taylor, who performed in The Odyssey for London’s Free Open Air Theatre last summer.

The productions are designed by Justin Williams and Jonny Rust, with lighting by Ben Jacobs, sound by Theo Holloway, projection by Chris Lince, costumes by Penn O’Gara, movement direction by Francesca Bridge-Cicic and fight direction by Roger Bartlett. Assistant director is Lara Alier.

Previously Posted: London’s Free Open Air Theatre returns to Foster + Partners designed outdoor amphitheatre The Scoop for its 15th year this summer with new adaptations of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and King Arthur, offering unforgettable and totally accessible experiences in the heart of the city – completely free of charge.

Directed by Phil Wilmott (with Justin Murray for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz), this season continues London’s Free Open-Air Theatre, with the performances aiming to give a new generation free access to the city’s finest theatrical artists, and promising an epic adventure for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

The theatre season is part of the London Bridge City Summer By The River festival. Accompanying the main theatre season, there will be a diverse programme of community activities including workshops, concerts and talks to be announced.

Adapted by Phil Willmott from the novel by Frank L Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz will retell the much loved children’s adventure story and undisputed American classic of how a little girl called Dorothy and her dog Toto, a scarecrow, a tin man and a cowardly lion set off down The Yellow Brick Road to make their dreams come true.

Add a wicked witch, flying Monkeys, Munchkins and an eccentric wizard and you’ve the perfect recipe for a tale that will thrill children under ten and anyone with a brain, a warm heart and a little courage.

King Arthur, as the name suggests, is a thrilling new dramatisation of the story of King Arthur (adapted by Phil Wilmott), with all the poetry, majesty and magic of Sir Thomas Malory’s 1485 retelling of the epic story.

Focusing on the love triangle between a king, a queen and a handsome young knight, King Arthur explores the nature of kingship, loyalty and honour and is the captivating tale of an unlikely new king taught by the wizard Merlin to bravely live, love and rule with compassion… and to defeat a witch!

Performance Dates and Times: August 8 to September 2, 2018. Wednesday – Saturday: 6pm (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz), 7.30pm (King Arthur). Sunday matinees: 4pm (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz), 5.30pm (King Arthur).

Parents and Babies: August 26 at 2pm (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz).

Running Times: 60 minutes (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz), 150 minutes, including interval (King Arthur).

The Scoop, Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2DB