J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan will begin performances May 15 prior to an official opening May 21, for a run through June 14. Co-directed by artistic director Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel, who previously collaborated on this year's Porgy and Bess, the production will, according to press materials, create a Never Land where danger stalks dreams and adventure breeds mischief.
The Seagull will begin performances June 19 prior to an official opening June 24, for a run through July 11. Chekhov's play will be directed by Matthew Dunster (who previously directed A Midsummer Night's Dream at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in 2012) in a new version by Torben Betts. As guests assemble at a country house for the staging of an avant-garde open air play, artistic temperaments ignite a drama behind the scenes, with romantic jealousies, self-doubt and the ruthless pursuit of happiness confusing lives, loves and literature.
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, a stage musical version of the celebrated 1954 film musical of the same name, will begin performances July 16 prior to an official opening July 23, for a run through Aug. 29. Featuring music by Gene De Paul and lyrics by Johnny Mercer, with new songs by Al Kasha and Joel Hirshhorn, it has a book by Lawrence Kasha and David S. Landay. Rachel Kavanaugh will direct with choreography by Alistair David.
Lord of the Flies will return for a run of just 14 performances, beginning Sept. 3 and playing through Sept. 12, prior to a national tour. Directed by Timothy Sheader, William Golding's classic story of survival, superstition and immorality is adapted for the stage by Nigel Williams.
Casting is still to be announced. Priority booking for members begins Nov. 4, with public booking from Dec. 9. To book tickets, visit www.openairtheatre.com.