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Open Air Theatre - two productions announced for 2013

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

REGENT’S Park Open Air Theatre has confirmed that its 2013 season will include a new stage adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird and a revival of The Sound of Music. Two more shows will be announced in the autumn and rumour has it that one of them will be Cats.

Christopher Sergel’s stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, will run from May 16 to June 15, 2013.

The story is set in 1930’s America, in a small town in the Deep South, where lawyer Atticus Finch defends Tom Robinson, a man accused of rape. Atticus shows himself a man of integrity and risks his own and his family’s safety to do the right thing in the face of racism. His children, especially his daughter Scout, make a journey of discovery about their father, their neighbours and the community they live in.

In 1962, To Kill A Mockingbird was made into a major motion picture with Gregory Peck starring as Atticus Finch, a role that won him an Academy Award.

The Open Air Theatre’s production will be directed by Artistic Director Timothy Sheader.

Robert Sean Leonard to play Atticus Finch.

The Sound of Music – the first Rodgers and Hammerstein musical to be staged at the Open Air Theatre – will run from July 25 to September 7, 2013.

The Sound of Music premiered on Broadway in 1959 and went on to win six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The show, which first opened in London in 1961, was last produced in the capital in 2006 when it starred How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? winner Connie Fisher as Maria – the role immortalised on screen in 1965 by Julie Andrews.

Booking for both productions opens to members on October 9, 2012 and to the public on November 20, 2012. The Open Air Theatre has pledged to continue to provide over 700 preview tickets for £10 to those aged 18 – 25.

The 2012 Season, which includes Ragtime and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, continues until September 8.