Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre confirms Carousel casting


Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre have today confirmed initial principal casting for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, which plays 31 July – 25 September. Carly Bawden and Declan Bennett play Julie Jordan and Billy Bigelow, John Pfumojena plays Enoch Snow, Olivier Award-winner Joanna Riding plays Nettie Fowler and Natasha May Thomas plays Louise Bigelow.

Carousel is created by Joanna Bowman (associate director), Lucy Casson (casting director), Tom Deering (musical supervisor and orchestrator), Mark Dickman (associate musical director), Molly Einchcomb (co-costume designer), Annie May Fletcher* (creative team associate – sound), Barbara Houseman (season associate director/voice and text director), Nick Lidster (sound designer), Simisola Majekodunmi* (creative team associate – lighting), Aideen Malone (lighting designer), Drew McOnie (choreographer), Ebony Molina (associate choreographer), Verity Naughton (children’s casting director), James Orange (casting director), Tom Scutt (set designer and co-costume designer), Timothy Sheader (director), Jacob Sparrow (casting director), Kate Waters (fight director).

Artistic Director Timothy Sheader, who directs Carousel, said today:

“As with our previous reimagining of classic musicals, I am excited to remove the rose-tinted specs and examine this amazing piece through a 2021 lens. With new orchestrations by Tom Deering and Drew McOnie’s distinctive choreographic language rethinking the role of dance in the storytelling, we look forward to inviting a new audience to Carousel. It’s also important to us that, because of the story and content of Carousel, we are able to support the vital work of Refuge”.

Refuge is committed to a world where domestic violence and violence against women and girls is not tolerated and where women and children can live in safety. They support over 6,500 women and children on any given day, aiming to empower them to rebuild their lives, free from violence and fear. †

* The Open Air Theatre is proud to launch its inaugural Creative Team Associates programme providing jobs for artists early in their career to broaden their experience making large scale work and be supported and mentored by the season’s lead creatives.

Carly Bawden (Julie Jordan) most recently played Angélique in Romantics Anonymous at Bristol Old Vic, having created the role at Shakespeare’s Globe. Other recent theatre credits include: Ghost Quartet (Boulevard), Sylvia, Natives (Old Vic), Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe), Wonder.Land (National Theatre), McQueen (Haymarket), Assassins, Pippin (Menier), Dead Dog in a Suitcase and Tristan & Yseult (Kneehigh). Recent television credits include: Call The Midwife and Close to the Enemy.

Declan Bennett (Billy Bigelow) returns to Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre following his performance as Jesus in the multi award-winning production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Recent theatre credits also include: Love Actually Live! for which he was nominated for an LA Stage Alliance Award as Featured Actor in a Musical (Los Angeles), The View Upstairs (Soho), Striking 12 (Union), Fatherland (Lyric Hammersmith/Frantic Assembly), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Donmar), Once (Phoenix) and, on Broadway, Rent and American Idiot. Declan is also known for playing Charlie Cotton in EastEnders.

John Pfumojena (Enoch Snow) recently appeared in Do You Love Me Yet? (Oxford Playhouse) and was Composer and Musical Director for Volpone (Tangle Theatre Company). He played the title role in Peter Pan (National Theatre/Bristol Old Vic/Troubadour), appeared in Bent (National Theatre) and Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe). John won the Broadway World’s Regional Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play and an OBIE (NYC) Special Citation Award for The Jungle (Young Vic/Playhouse/Good Chance Theatre, St Ann’s Warehouse NYC/San Francisco Curran Theatre).

Joanna Riding (Nettie Fowler) recently played as Sally in Follies (National) and Romantics Anonymous (Shakespeare’s Globe). Other credits include Blithe Spirit (Bath and Savoy), Mrs Cheveley in An Ideal Husband, Maggie in Hobson’s Choice (Manchester Royal Exchange) and Melissa in the TV series Stella (Sky). Joanna won Olivier Awards as Eliza in My Fair Lady (Drury Lane) and as Julie in Carousel (National and Shaftesbury).

Natasha May Thomas (Louise Bigelow) recently graduated from The Urdang Academy. Carousel marks her professional debut.


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By William Shakespeare

Saturday 17 June – Saturday 24 July 2021

First preview: 17 June

Press Night: Wednesday 23 June (7.45pm)


Monday – Saturday @ 7.45pm (gates 6.15pm)

Thursday & Saturday @ 2.15pm (gates 12.45pm)

No matinee 17 or 19 June


Assisted Performances:

BSL Interpreted: Friday 16 July (7.45pm)

Audio Described: Saturday 17 July (2.15pm)


Rodgers and Hammerstein’s


Music by Richard Rodgers

Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Based on Ferenc Molnar’s Play “Liliom”

As adapted by Benjamin F. Glazer

Original Choreography by Agnes de Mille

Saturday 31 July – Saturday 25 September 2021

First preview: 31 July

Press Night: Monday, 9 August (7.30pm)


Monday – Saturday @ 7.30pm (gates 6.00pm)

Thursday & Saturday @ 2.15pm (gates 12.45pm)

No matinee 31 July or 5 August


Assisted Performances:

BSL Interpreted: Friday 20 August (7.30pm)

Low Stimulus Performance: Thursday, 26 August (2.15pm)

Captioned: Friday 3 September (7.30pm)

Audio Described: Saturday 4 September (2.15pm)


Nicoll Entertainment presents


For ages 3+; written by Derek Bond

Friday 13 August – Sunday 5 September 2021


Monday & Wednesday @ 2.15pm (gates 1.45pm)

Tuesday @ 10.30am (gates 10am) & 2.15pm (gates 1.45pm)

Friday & Sunday @ 10.30pm (gates 10am) & 1pm (gates 12.30pm)

Saturday @ 10.30am (gates 10am)

No performance at 10.30am on 13 August, and no performances on Friday 3 September.

TICKETS FROM £17 (£15.20 ticket + £1.80 booking fee per ticket; no booking fee when purchased in person at the box office counter)

Assisted Performances:

BSL Interpreted: Wednesday 25 August 2.15pm


Unicorn Theatre and Regent’s Park Theatre present


For ages 3+; created by Justin Audibert

Wednesday 7 July – Saturday 24 July 2021

Monday – Wednesday & Fridays @ 10.30am & 1pm (gates 10.00am & 12.30pm)

Saturdays @ 10.30am (gates 10am)

Relaxed Performance: Friday 16 July 1pm



Sunday 4 July 2021

6pm (gates open 5.15pm)

Entry via Box Office Gate

Recommended ages 18+

75mins (no interval)

All tickets £17.00*


AISLING BEA plus some American Friends

Sunday 4 July 2021

9pm (gates open 8.15pm)

Entry via Stage Door Gate

Recommended ages 16+

75mins (no interval)

All tickets £21.80*

in support of Refuge


Chambers Touring Presents


Sunday 11 July 2021

6pm (gates open 5.15pm) 9pm (gates open 8.15pm)

Entry via Box Office Gate Entry via Stage Door Gate

Recommended ages 16+

75mins (no interval)

All tickets £31.50*


Berk’s Nest presents


Sunday 15 August 2021

6pm (gates open 5.15pm) 9pm (gates open 8.15pm)

Entry via Box Office Gate Entry via Stage Door Gate

Featuring: Jen Brister, Bridget Christie, Featuring: Lolly Adefope, Kemah Bob, Ed Gamble,

Jamali Maddix, Rose Matafeo & Rosie Jones, Mawaan Rizwan

Suzi Ruffell

As a charity event, the line-up subject to availability.

In support of the Trussell Trust

Recommended ages 16+

75mins (no interval)

All tickets £25 (£23.20 ticket + £1.80 booking fee)

The Luna Cinema presents:

MOULIN ROUGE! 2001 (12A) THE SHINING 1980 (15)

20th Anniversary Screening

Sunday 22 August 2021 Sunday 5 September 2021

8.15pm (trailers) | 8.25pm (film) 7.45pm (trailers) | 7.55pm (film)

gates open 6.45pm gates open 6.15pm

Entry via the Box Office Gate Entry via the Box Office Gate

128mins (+ trailers) 114mins (+ trailers)

VIP Tickets: £32 | Band A: £19.50 | Band B: £17.00 *

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