Sunday, September 11

Ragtime the Musical at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

The Open Air Theatre at Regent's Park has announced its 2012 Season which includes the musical Ragtime which is being played in repertoire with A Midsummer Night's Dream from 18th May-8th September 2012.

The 1996 Broadway production of Ragtime the Musical won four Tony Awards including Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. It had its West-End premiere in 2003 when Maria Friedman was named Best Actress in the Olivier Awards.

Ragtime takes place at the turn of the twentieth century in New York. An era is exploding. A century is spinning. And the people are moving in rhythm and rhyme to the music of Ragtime.

It tells the story of three groups in America: Coalhouse Walker Jr (a Harlem musician): a mother and her family in New Rochelle and Tateh, a Jewish immigrant who has come to America with his daughter seeking a new life. It features many historical figures, including Harry Houdini, Booker T. Washington, J P Morgan and Henry Ford.

Both shows are directed by Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel, designed by Jon Bausor, costumes by Laura Hopkins.

Ragtime Book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Based on the novel by E L Doctorow.

Priority Booking for Members opens 10:00 am 25th October 2011
Public Bookings open at 10:00 am 29th November 2011

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