Casting has been announced for Dickens Uncovered, two plays celebrating Charles Dickens that will be presented at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre this summer.
A Tale of Two Cities, a new play by Matthew Dunster adapted from the original novel, will be presented July 7–August 5 at the London venue, and Oliver Twist created for everyone aged six and over, adapted by Anya Reiss especially for families, will be offered July 17–August 5.
Director Timothy Sheader has assembled a company of 21 actors to re-tell Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities: 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, and Tim Samuels with Aliya Ali, Evie Buxton, Mia Dalley, Foyinsola Ighodalo, Kaitlyn Kou, and Olivea Puci sharing the children’s roles.
Caroline Byrne directs Oliver Twist created for everyone aged six and over in daytime performances alongside A Tale of Two Cities. A cast of eight actors, Robyn Cara, Rina Fatania, Danny-Boy Hatchard, Michael Hodgson, Daniel Hoffmann-Gill, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Shaun Mason and Angela Wynter, play multiple roles, with Tia-Lana Chinapyel, Lewis Fernée, and Jordan Nash alternating in the title role.
“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,” said Artistic Director Sheader in a statement.
Design for both productions is by Fly Davis.