Bringing two of Charles Dickens’s most popular stories out in the open as part of the 2017 season at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Dickens Uncovered celebrates the greatest storyteller of London life.
Casting and completed creative teams have today been announced for A Tale of Two Cities, a new play by Matthew Dunster adapted from the original novel, and Oliver Twist, created for everyone aged six and over, adapted by Anya Reiss especially for families. Artistic Director Timothy Sheader comments:
“I am delighted that this group of 32 talented performers are coming together to reimagine these two iconic London stories. For those of us who read them alone at home, at school or on the tube, I hope we can reclaim them anew together in the Park. For those who only know them as titles, then let us take you on a trip back to the nineteenth century blockbusters, via 2017. This is Dickens uncovered for everyone.”
Both productions are designed by Fly Davis. A Tale Of Two Cities includes Lydia Bradford, Sean Cernow, Claire-Louise Cordwell, Marième Diouf, Patrick Driver, Nabil Elouahabi, Lorna Gayle, Lewis Griffin, Nicholas Karimi, Nicholas Khan, Andrew Koji, Kevork Malikyan, Francesca Mills, Jude Owusu, Tim Samuels with Aliya Ali, Evie Buxton, Mia Dalley, Foyinsola Ighodalo, Kaitlyn Kou, and Olivea Puci sharing the children’s roles.
Director Sheader completes his creative team with movement director Liam Steel, Olivier Award nominee lighting designer Lee Curran and sound designer Christopher Shutt.
Oliver Twist runs alongside A Tale Of Two Cities as a daytime production created for everyone aged six and over. The cast includes Robyn Cara, Rina Fatania, Danny-Boy Hatchard, Michael Hodgson, Daniel Hoffmann-Gill, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Shaun Mason and Angela Wynter, with Tia-Lana Chinapyel, Lewis Fernée and Jordan Nash alternating in the title role.
The creative team is composed of director Caroline Byrne, movement director Lucy Burge and sound designer Joshua Anio Grigg.
Dickens Uncovered plays Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre from 7 July – 5 August. For more information or to book tickets, please visit the website.