Performances for Nigel Williams' adaptation of the classic novel by William Golding run through June 18. The company's artistic director, Timothy Sheader, who accepted the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival for the second year in a row for Into the Woods, will co-direct the production with Liam Steel.
The cast features George Bukhari (Piggy), James Clay (Jack), Sam Clemmett (Bill), Theo Cowan (Henry), Matt Ingram (Roger), Jordan Maxwell (Maurice), James McConville (Sam), Stuart Matthews (Eric), Alistair Toovey (Ralph) and Joshua Williams (Simon). Harrison Sansostri, Spike White and Adam Thomas Wright are sharing the role of Perceval.
The play marks the centenary of Golding’s birth, and will, according to press notes, "rediscover this classic story in the unconfined and unparalleled atmosphere of theatre in the open air. With a group of schoolboys stranded on a desert island, what starts as an adventure becomes a struggle for survival as superstition and immorality sees the community slide into a darkly sinister world."
Continuing the 2011 season, Lucy Bailey directs John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera June 23-July 23 and Natalie Abrahami directs Shakespeare’s Pericles from July 2-23. The season will conclude with the Gershwin musical, Crazy for You, running July 28Sept. 10. Timothy Sheader directs the latter with choreography by Stephen Mear, musical direction by Gareth Valentine and designs by Peter McKintosh.
Last year's season at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre became the most successful in the theatre’s history with more than 142,000 visitors across its 16-week run. The production of Into the Woods became the highest-grossing single production at the theatre taking £1.2 million in five weeks. For more information and tickets, call 0844 826 4242 or visit www.openairtheatre.com.