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38 JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR AT REGENT’S PARK OPEN AIR THEATRE Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar returns to Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre from 11 August in an extended run through to 23 September. Declan Bennett, Tyrone Huntley (who won the Evening Standard Emerging Talent Award for his performance in 2016), David Thaxton and Peter Caulfield will reprise their roles of Jesus, Judas, Pilate and Herod. The 2016 production won the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival and Evening Standard Award for Best Musical. With direction by Timothy Sheader, Jesus Christ Superstar was a sell-out in 2016 and, in addition to the Olivier and Evening Standard Award-wins, also received a further five Olivier Award nominations, for Best Theatre Choreography, Best Lighting, Best Sound, Outstanding Achievement in Music, and Best Actor in a Musical (for Tyrone Huntley). The production opens at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in April 2018. Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre was voted London Theatre of the Year in the Stage Awards 2017, and recently announced a collaboration with English National Opera for their 2018 season, with Timothy Sheader directing Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw (22–30 Jun 2018). Box Office telephone 0844 826 4242 or at openairtheatre.com Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre 2016. Simon-Anthony Rhoden as Lola in Kinky Boots. Photo: Darren Bell. NEW CAST FOR KINKY BOOTS Kinky Boots, the winner of every major Best Musical award, this summer welcomes Simon-Anthony Rhoden in the role of Lola and Verity Rushworth, popular with TV viewers for her role as Donna Windsor in ITV’s Emmerdale, now stars as Lauren. Also joining Kinky Boots from July will be Jed Berry, Momar Diagne, Lauren Drew, Dale Evans, Jordan Fox, Rosie Glossop, Keith Higham, Ben Jennings, Georgia Louise, Emma Odell, Antony Reed and Tom Scanlon. Kinky Boots has become a favourite with UK theatregoers having won three Olivier Awards for Best New Musical, Best Costume Design and Best Actor in Photo: David Jensen. a Musical for Matt Henry as Lola. The show also won the London Evening Standard BBC Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical as well as three WhatsOnStage Awards for Best New Musical, Best Actor in a Musical and Best Choreography. Continuing with the show are current cast members David Hunter (Charlie Price), Alan Mehdizadeh (Don), Cordelia Farnworth (Nicola), Michael Hobbs (George), Suzie McAdam, Jemal Felix, George Grayson, Robert Grose, Melissa Jacques, Robert Jones, Jane Milligan, Robin Mills, Sean Needham, Jon Reynolds and Dominic Tribuzio. With a book by Broadway legend and four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles), and songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this David Hunter (Charlie Price) and Simon-Anthony Rhoden (Lola). joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. Adelphi Theatre tel: 020 3725 7060. Photo: Matt Crockett. t h i s i s l o n d o n m a g a z i n e • t h i s i s l o n d o n o n l i n e

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