Maimuna Memon will play Mary Magdalene in the much-anticipated 2017 limited season of the multi award-winning Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
Memon, whose credits include the King’s Cross Theatre’s production of Lazarus and Park Theatre’s The Busker’s Opera, is one of three new cast members and two returning performers to take on key roles alongside the previously announced returning stars Declan Bennett, Tyrone Huntley, David Thaxton and Peter Caulfield.
Phillip Browne (Anything Goes, Theatre Royal Drury Lane; Ragtime, Piccadilly Theatre) will step into the role of Caiaphas with Tim Newman (Memphis, Shaftesbury Theatre; Footloose, Novello Theatre) playing Simon Zealotes.
Sean Kingsley (Jersey Boys, UK tour; We Will Rock You, European tour) returns to play Annas and composer and musician Phil King (To Kill a Mockingbird, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre; Jane Eyre, Bristol Old Vic/National Theatre) who will once again play Peter.
Further previous cast members returning to the production are: Josh Dever, Rhys Whitfield, Charlotte Riby and Sinead Long. They are joined by Mark Dugdale, Ivan De Freitas, Stevie Hutchinson, Javar Parker, Nuno Queimado, Cleve September, Tinovimbanashe Sibanda, Kirstie Skivington, Christopher Tendai, Tara Young and Dale White. The Soul Girls are played by Kayleigh McKnight, Lauran Rae and Nicholle Cherrie.
Singer-songwriter Bennett will take to the Regent’s Park stage once again in the title role alongside Huntley who will reprise his award-winning portrayal of Judas, with Thaxton as Pilate and Caulfield as Herod.
Originally intended as a limited run of just 41 performances from 11 September, the theatre recently added extra dates which will extend the critically acclaimed production’s return run until 23 September.
Bennett, the original lead in the London cast of Once, first stepped into the central role in the crowd-pleasing production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ground-breaking musical last summer.
Huntley, who collected the 2016 Evening Standard Emerging Talent Award and was nominated for an Olivier Award for his performance as Judas, is currently appearing in the hit Savoy Theatre production of Dreamgirls.
An Olivier Award winner for the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Passion, Thaxton has appeared as both Enjoiras and Javert in Les Misérables and featured in the new musical Only The Brave at the Wales Millennium Centre. Caulfield has appeared in One Man, Two Guvnors and the Royal Opera House’s Into the Woods.
With direction by artistic director Timothy Sheader, design by Tom Scutt, choreography by Drew McOnie, musical supervision by Tom Deering, lighting design by Lee Curran and sound design by Nick Lidster for Autograph, Jesus Christ Superstar was a sell-out in 2016.
The Regent’s Park production went on to win the Evening Standard Award for Best Musical and the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival. It also received a further five Olivier Award nominations, for Best Theatre Choreography, Best Lighting, Best Sound, Outstanding Achievement in Music and Best Actor in a Musical (for Huntley). The production is due to open at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in April 2018.
The 2017 Open Air Theatre season opening production of On the Town, directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie, is due to end its run on Saturday (1 July).
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Tickets for Jesus Christ Superstar are available HERE.
Tickets for On the Town are available HERE.