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34 On The Town 2017 at the Open Air Theatre. LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS AT REGENT’S PARK OPEN AIR THEATRE Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s production of Little Shop of Horrors, directed by Maria Aberg, will play from 3 August – 15 September in the superb setting of London’s royal park. Marc Antolin and Jemima Rooper play Seymour and Audrey, with Forbes Masson in the role of East Side florist Mr Mushnik. Matt Willis takes the role of sadistic dentist Orin, and the plant, Audrey II, is played by US drag queen Vicky Vox. For the misfits of Skid Row, life is full of broken dreams and dead ends. But there’s hope on the horizon for flower shop assistant, Seymour, when he discovers a mysterious new plant with killer potential. Will his newfound fame and fortune win the attention of kind, sweet, delicate Audrey? Can he finally break free and be happy... whatever the consequences? Making her Open Air Theatre debut, Little Shop of Horrors is directed by Maria Aberg. Maria’s production of The Duchess of Malfi recently opened at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Other recent work includes Dr Faustus, The Photo: David Jensen. White Devil, As You Like It, King John, The Gods Weep, Days of Significance (all Royal Shakespeare Company); Hotel (National Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Exchange Manchester); The Chairs (Theatre Royal Bath); Alaska (Royal Court) and Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox (Nuffield/Lyric Hammersmith). Other productions in the 2018 season at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre are Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw in a co-production with English National Opera, Dinosaur World Live for ages 3+ (14 August – 9 September) and Shakespeare’s As You Like It (6 July – 28 July). There’s MOREoutdoor on Sunday’s with Joe Lycett (22 July), Jimmy Carr (12 August), Simon Amstell (19 August), and The Luna Cinema screenings of Spice World (26 August), The Greatest Showman (2 September) and Alien (9 September). Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s award-winning production of Jesus Christ Superstar opens at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, USA in April 2018, and embarks on a North American Tour from autumn 2019. Box Office 0844 826 4242. IMPERIUM Gielgud Theatre Following on from the success of his adaptations of Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Mike Poulton has turned his attention from the court of Henry VIII to ancient Rome and the glittering career – and subsequent downfall – of Cicero, condensing Robert Harris’s trilogy into two three hour plus standalone productions – Conspirator and Dictator. Our guide through both is Joseph Kloska’s amiable slave Tiro, Cicero’s diligent amanuensis who knows his master’s faults as well as his virtues and breaks the fourth wall to clarify matters when the tangle of unfamiliar names threatens to overwhelm. Cicero’s rapid rise to fame is swiftly dealt with, but even when he attains the position of consul, the highest elected political office, and is married to a wealthy woman (Siobhan Redmond’s Terentia), this talented orator and lawyer isn’t allowed to forget his humble origins. Opposition comes in the shape of death threats from his defeated aristocratic opponent Catiline (Joe Dixon – who later appears as a memorably out of control Mark Antony – portrays him as more brawn than brains in a storming, virile performance) and from Peter de Jersey’s dangerous Julius Caesar, determined to turn a republic into an empire and take control. With Brexit jokes, military commander Pompey boasting a Trumplike blond quiff and the observation that ‘stupid people tend to vote for stupid people’, it isn’t hard to see how little the machinations of political intrigue and power struggles have changed over the centuries. An enormous pair of allseeing eyes looks down on the senators on the stone steps of Anthony Ward’s set, and Gregory Doran’s fluid production for the RSC (transferring from Stratford-Upon-Avon), maintains the pace throughout as allegiances shift and Richard McCabe’s multifaceted Cicero – boastful, brilliant, devious and defender of the law – returns to Rome. Louise Kingsley 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

RESTORATION OF WEST LONDON’S BROMPTON CEMETERY A £6.2m investment has restored and conserved Brompton Cemetery in West London, revealing architectural splendour, uncovering hidden heritage gems and preserving a historic landscape and a wildlife haven for communities in a densely-populated part of the capital. The 39-acre Grade I registered garden cemetery is one of the Magnificent Seven cemeteries created outside central London in the 1830s- 1840s and is a Site of Nature Conservation Interest and there are many unique, listed monuments and architecture. It contains 35,000 monuments. The 205,000 burials there include historic figures such as Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the suffragette movement; Sir Henry Cole, who was instrumental in the Great Exhibition and founded the V&A museum, built the Royal Albert Hall and is believed to have invented the Christmas card; and Dr John Snow, who discovered the link between cholera and contaminated water. There are 2,625 former Chelsea Pensioners, and 13 holders of the Victoria Cross also buried at the cemetery, and many well-known figures from the arts, commerce, sports and horticulture. Over the decades the cemetery’s condition had deteriorated. Many structures were at risk and in urgent need of restoration. The refurbishment programme has restored Benjamin Baud’s original 1840 cathedral-like layout of the cemetery, uncovering hidden features, while restoring the historic landscape, architecture and monuments – including a major refurbishment of the Grade II* –listed chapel. And, crucially, the project has protected and enhanced the cemetery’s diverse wildlife and ecology – which includes 633 trees from around 60 species, 200 moth species and many types of bats, invertebrates and birds. Adam Godley, Simon Russell Beale and Ben Miles in The Lehman Trilogy – the story of a family and a company that changed the world, told in three parts on a single evening at the National Theatre. Photo: Mark Douet. 35 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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