Evita will round off the 2019 Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre season in spectacular fashion, directed by Jamie Lloyd. Dramatising the life of the Argentine political leader Eva Perón, Evita has become one of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s most known musicals, which was first performed in 1978. With musical numbers “Another Suitcase in Another Hall”, “And The Money Kept Rolling In” and the anthemic “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina”, Evita returns to London after it was last performed in the West End in 2017.
Samantha Pauly will make her London debut as Eva Peron, set to appear in the Chicago premiere of Six. She is joined by Ektor Rivera as Juan Peron, who has played Emilio Estefan in the Broadway production of On Your Feet. Trent Saunders will play Che, with Frances Mayli McCann as The Mistress and Adam Pearce as Agustín Magaldi.
The cast is completed by Alexander Barria, Felipe Bejarano, Alex Cardall, Russell Dickson, Lauren Drew, Hannah Fairclough, Chris Fung, Chlöe Hart, Travis Kerry, Jessica Lee, Dale Mathurin, Peter Nash, Sarah Naudi, Mireia Mambo, Marsha Songcome, Bree Smith, Monica Swayne, Oliver Tester, Amy Thornton, Jon Tsouras and Rodney Vubya.
Tickets are non-refundable in the event of cancellation because of the weather but may be exchanged in accordance with the Weather Policy.
Lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
From a life of poverty to the First Lady of Argentina, Eva Peron was hailed as the spiritual leader of the nation. Seen as the champion of the poor, her ambition, glamour, and power made her the world’s first major political celebrity, winning the adoration of the people.
With a chart-topping score including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, Oh What A Circus, You Must Love Me, and Another Suitcase in Another Hall - and having “redefined Jesus Christ Superstar for a whole new generation of theatregoers” (WhatsOnStage) - Regent's Park Open Air Theatre presents Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical, Evita.
Chicago-based Samantha Pauly makes her UK debut in the role of Eva Peron, alongside Ektor Rivera also making his UK debut as Juan Peron. Trent Saunders returns to the UK in the role of Che following his appearance as St. Jimmy in Green Day's American Idiot (Hammersmith Apollo). Nominated for an Olivier Award for her role as Kylah in Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, Frances Mayli McCann plays the role of The Mistress.
As a sung-through musical with a playing time of approximately 2hr 25mins, Evita is likely to be most suitable for secondary school age and over. Further information and synopsis can be found by searching online for ‘Evita’.
It remains the responsibility of the parent/guardian in advance of purchase to make their own judgment as to the suitability of the show for their own child.
Latecomers for this production will not be admitted until the interval. Therefore please plan to arrive early, especially if this is your first visit to the Open Air Theatre.
Similarly, should you need to leave the auditorium during Act 1, you will be able to re-take your seats at the interval. Should you need to leave the auditorium during Act 2, you will be able to watch the remainder of the performance from a television monitor in the bar area.
Audiences meet Eva Duarte, a 15 year old living in a small town in Argentina. Dreaming of a successful future in Buenos Aires, Eva uses all means available to her to become a known figure in Argentinean society. Becoming close to Colonel Perón, the two fall in love with each other before he is elected president. In a battle between her superficial image and her reality, Evita tells of Eva Perón’s life in the spotlight and her dedication to serve the people of Argentina as she wished when she was younger.
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Evita will perform on 19-Sep-2019.
It remains the responsibility of the parent/guardian in advance of purchase to make their own judgement as to the suitability of the show for their own child.
PLEASE NOTE latecomers for this production will not be admitted until the interval. Therefore please plan to arrive early, especially if this is your first visit to the Open Air Theatre.
Each act is 55 minutes long with a 20-minute interval in between.
Evita wasn't the first musical that composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice collaborated on. The dynamic duo had initially hit it off after Rice wrote Lloyd Webber a very sixties letter offering himself as a 'with-it' writer. Prior to the show's original West End opening night in 1978, the pair had worked on three other musicals: The Likes Of Us, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Jesus Christ Superstar.
The idea for Evita came to the lyricist when he heard a radio play in 1972 based on the life of Eva Peron. The show was made into a popular film musical by director Alan Parker in 1996, with Madonna in the title role. The songstress went on to win Best Actress in a Musical Golden Globe for her contribution. The film adaptation featured changes to Lloyd Webber's original score. The now-famous Act 2 song You Must Love Me was written specifically for the film and was only added to the stage score after the film was released.
1978 Laurence Olivier Awards
Best New Musical
Best Performance in a Musical (Elaine Paige)
1980 Tony Awards
Best Original Score (Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice)
Best Book in a Musical (Tim Rice)
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (Patti LuPone)
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical (Mandy Patinkin)
Best Direction of a Musical (Harold Prince)
Best Lighting Design (David Hersey)
1980 Drama Desk Awards
Outstanding Lyrics (Tim Rice)
Outstanding Music (Andrew Lloyd Webber)
Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Patti LuPone)
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Bob Gunton)
Outstanding Director of a Musical (Harold Prince)
1980 Outer Critics Circle Award
Best Lyricist (Tim Rice)
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(10 mins) Exit onto Marylebone Road and turn left. Past Madame Tussauds turn left into York Gate and follow York Bridge to the end. Pass through the large gates into the park and walk straight until you reach the theatre on your left.