The thrill of live drama is officially returning, so please put your hands together to give the applause of your life to London’s iconic Regent’s Park’s Open-Air Theatre.
Thanks to their auditorium – which has seen the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich and Judi Dench grace its stage – being outside amongst Mother Nature, they have been given the green-light to resume business from next month.
Kickstarting on August 14, Jesus Christ Superstar: The Concert will begin a run of 70 performances through to September 27.
While the seating honours social distancing by virtue of having no roof, additional measures will be put in place to keep visitors safe.
The regular capacity of 1,200 seats will be dramatically reduced to 390; there will also be a one-way system and face masks will be mandatory for the staff and punters.
Speaking about the revamp, the theatre’s executive director William Village said transitioning the space during the pandemic had been “extremely challenging”.
Village added: “For us as a venue, and the industry as a whole, we believe it is incumbent upon us to do everything possible to reopen this year.
“We’re delighted to announce this special concert staging of our award-winning production of Jesus Christ Superstar.”
The theatre will also host comedy nights on Mondays, when the main production crew have their day off – with stand-up from Jimmy Carr, Russell Brand, and Rob Beckett.
Located in Queen Mary’s Gardens on the Inner Circle of Regent’s Park, the venue is surrounded by parkland and provides a stunning backdrop for any show; in particular it has given beautiful landscapes to adaptations of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hansel and Gretel, and A Little Shop of Horrors.
Jesus Christ Superstar – a 1970s rock opera with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber – is based on the Gospels’ accounts of the last week of Jesus’ life, beginning with his arrival in Jerusalem and ending with the crucifixion. It also depicts struggles between Judas Iscariot and Jesus that are not present in the Bible.
If this doesn’t sound quite up your musical street, fear not, there are other options; namely Sleepless starring Girls Aloud’s Kimberley Walsh at the Troubadour in Wembley Park and Lloyd Webber’s government scheme whereby they are exploring ways in which they can allow audiences back into the London Palladium.
Alternatively, you can wait for Regent’s Park 2021 season.
The packed line-up includes a musical of 101 Dalmatians, followed by William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Carousel, and finally Dragons and Mythical Beasts.
To nab your tickets, click here: Jesus Christ Superstar.