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Our Town Press Night 23
May

By Open Air Theatre

Press Night Blog

Family and friends came together on Wednesday, 22 May to celebrate the opening of the 2019 Open Air Theatre season and press night of Our Town.

Joining the cast, which includes Laura Rogers, Francesca Henry and Arthur Hughes, were cast members from other forthcoming Open Air Theatre productions. Susan Wokoma and Myra McFadyen (Bottom and Puck from A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Robert Tripolino (who will play Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar at the Barbican), were amongst those joining guests which included Rory Kinnear, Harriet Thorpe, Tyrone Huntley, Maureen Beattie and last season’s Olivier Award nominee, Marc Antolin.

For photos from the evening visit our Facebook gallery

The evening also included the unveiling of a new sculpture celebrating the life of David Conville OBE, who passed away in November 2018. As founder of The New Shakespeare Company – now named Regent’s Park Theatre Ltd – David was Artistic and Managing Director, Chairman and Honorary President, until retiring in 2012 following a 50-year association with the theatre.

Past colleagues, including Christopher Biggins, Celia Imrie, Richard Digby Day, Gary Raymond and Delena Kidd joined David’s children Clare and Leo Conville for drinks on the picnic lawn before Robert Davis MBE DL – Chairman of the Open Air Theatre – officially unveiled the sculpture by Lee Simmons.

Find out more about the sculpture

David Conville Memorial Sculpture. Photo David Jensen (2)

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