Reviews are in for the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre's production of 101 Dalmatians, which officially opened July 22. Starring Olivier and Tony nominee Kate Fleetwood as Cruella de Vil, previews began July 12 for the show, which continues performances through August 28.
Also featured in the cast are Stuart Angell as Captain (head), George Bukhari as Jasper, Sonya Cullingford, Karen Fishwick as Danielle, Tom Peters as Captain (voice), Eric Stroud as Dominic, Jonny Weldon as Casper, and Grace Wylde as Madam Doué. Timothy Sheader directs, with choreography and movement direction by Liam Steel, and musical supervision and orchestrations by Sarah Travis.
Dalmatians Pongo and Perdi are puppeteered by Danny Collins (Pongo Voice), Emma Lucia (Perdi Voice), Yana Penrose (Perdi Head), and Ben Thompson (Pongo Head). The young company alternating as Dalmatian puppies includes Rebecca Bennett, Charlie Man-Evans, and Harmony Cover-Allicock for Button; Darcey Fryer-Bovill, Rhiya Rasalingam, and Paul Sarte for Lucky; Oscar Cox, Charlie McGonagle, and Albie Salter for Patch; and George Clarke, Hadlee Snow, and Howard Webb for Spud.
The ensemble also includes Jamil Abbasi, Sonya Cullingford, Joseph Fletcher, CJ Johnson, Kody Mortimer, and Courtney George with swings Jade Davies, Taofique Folarin, Tash Holway, and Simon Oskarsson.
The newly commissioned musical, based on the book by Dodie Smith, features music and lyrics by Douglas Hodge and a book by Johnny McKnight from Zinnie Harris' stage adaptation. This new adaptation is separate from both Disney's 1961 animated film and an earlier musical adaptation by BT McNicholl and Dennis DeYoung that toured the U.S. in 2009 starring Rachel York as Cruella.
For tickets and more information, visit OpenAirTheatre.com.