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Open Air Theatre's Running Wild - production images released

Running Wild

Casting news

PRODUCTION images have been released for Samuel Adamson’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel Running Wild, which continues at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre until June 12, 2016. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: The first images have been released for Samuel Adamson’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel, Running Wild. For a peep behind the scenes, click here

Previously Posted: Rehearsals have begun for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s 2016 season, which opens with Samuel Adamson’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel, Running Wild. A co-production with Chichester Festival Theatre, it runs from May 19 (previews from May 13) to June 12.

The part of Will will be shared between three young performers, Joshua Fernandes, Tyler Osborne and Ava Potter, who previously appeared as Scout in the Open Air Theatre’s production of To Kill a Mockingbird (UK tour and The Barbican).

Sharing the stage with the young performers are Hattie Ladbury (previously Miss Maudie Atkinson in To Kill a Mockingbird) as Mum/Geraldine, Ira Mandela Siobhan (Feast, Fela!) as Dad/Hunter, Eric Mallett (whose credits with Complicite include Lionboy, The Street of Crocodiles and Mnemonic) as Grandad/Kaya, Joyce Henderson (an Associate Artist with Complicite) as Grandma, Stephen Ventura (whose credits include several productions with the RSC, Downton Abbey and The 39 Steps) as Mr Anthony and Okorie Chukwu (who appeared in last year’s Olivier Award-nominated Peter Pan) as Red Bandana/Mahout.

The puppeteers for the show include Laura Cubitt, Ben Thompson, Michael Taibi, John Leader, Sarah Mardel and Stuart Angell. Fred Davis and Romina Hytten make their professional debuts having been part of the Chichester Festival Youth Theatre production in 2015.

The cast will be completed by an ensemble of 57 young performers from the local community aged between 9 and 19, alternating performances in two groups, making this Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s largest ever production.

Led by co-directors Timothy Sheader (Artistic Director at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Dale Rooks (original director for Chichester Festival Youth Theatre’s production of Running Wild), puppetry design and direction is by Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié for Gyre & Gimble (The Lorax, The Elephantom, Alice’s Adventures Underground, and former War Horse Associate Puppetry Directors).

Completing the creative team are Paul Wills (Designer), Rod Paton (Original Music/Composer), Nick Powell (Sound Score), Nick Lidster for Autograph (Sound Designer), Jessica Ronane CDG (Casting Director), Verity Naughton (Ensemble Casting) and Barbara Houseman (Season Associate Director).

Running Wild is a story of love, loss, loyalty and of living for the moment.

For Will, going to Indonesia isn’t just another holiday with mum. It’s a new start, and the chance to ride an elephant called Oona. But then the tsunami hit. Charging deep into the jungle, Oona escapes the beach with her young rider desperately clinging on. Miles from civilisation, at first there’s wonder, discovery and tree-top adventures amongst the orang-utans. But, as thoughts turn to mum left behind on the beach, tigers prowl, hunger hits, and Will must now learn to survive the rainforest.

Tickets: £25 – £48.50 (Premium Seats £60, including best seat, programme and a glass of wine). Family Ticket: £110.00 (4 tickets, of which at least 2 are for children); every Family Ticket booked for Running Wild, will also benefit from an £8 discount on a Family Ticket to ZSL London Zoo.

Times: Tuesday to Sunday at 7.45pm; matinees Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at2.15pm. No matinee on May 14 and 18.

To book, call the box office on 0844 826 4242 or visit openairtheatre.com/.