facebook play-alt chevron-thin-right chevron-thin-left cancel location info chevron-thin-down star-full help-with-circle calendar images mail whatsapp directions_car directions_bike train directions_walk directions_bus close spinner11
# I MISS THEATRE
Are you missing theatre as much as we are? Support us now with Theatre Tokens and see your favourite shows when they reopen.

Michelle Terry is Open Air’s Henry V

Published 7 March 2016

Olivier Award-winning actor Michelle Terry will take on the titular role of Henry V at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre this summer before handing over the stage to Declan Bennett who will star in Jesus Christ Superstar.

The venue today described the decision behind the exciting casting as “finding voices which would foster a new engagement with the stories”.

Terry, who follows a long line of esteemed female actors to play Shakespeare’s greatest leading men, will make her Regent’s Park stage debut in Robert Hastie’s production from 17 June to 9 July.

She will following a wealth of Shakespearean roles at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe and National Theatre by playing the great warrior king in the Bard’s historical recounting of the Battle of Agincourt and the English quest to win the French crown.

Commenting on the casting of the critically acclaimed actor, who won her Olivier Award for the Royal Court’s Tribes and is currently starring in the National Theatre’s controversial Cleansed, Hastie said: “Michelle has the compassion, the wit and the imagination that mark out the really great Shakespearean actors. I’m thrilled by what she’ll bring to Henry. There’s no-one I’d like to see play this part more.

“This summer we’re expecting the results of a MOD consultation that aims to put female soldiers on the front line of combat, as well as the publication at last of the Chilcott report into why our country goes to war, and who we trust to take us there. As he has done pretty much every year since he died 400 years ago, Shakespeare is proving himself our contemporary. Our first night is the day before the EU referendum. I can’t think of a better time to stage this play about England’s relationship with its European neighbours.” 

As is traditional at the stunning al fresco venue, 2016’s summer season includes a revival of a much loved musical, which this year will see former Once star and long-running EastEnders actor Bennett take on the lofty role of Jesus in Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar from 15 July to 27 August.

Directed by the theatre’s Artistic Director Timothy Sheader, the production marks 45 years since the show first hit the stage, fast becoming one of the pair’s most popular musicals with a classic score including songs I Don’t Know How To Love Him, Gethsemane and Superstar.

Further casting for the season, which also includes Michael Morpurgo’s Running Wild and the return of 2013 hit Pride And Prejudice, will be announced in the coming months.

Share

Sign up

Related articles

If you click through to seat selection (where you'll see either best available or a seating plan), you will be seeing the most up-to-date prices. If this differs from what we've written on the calendar, please bear with us, as those prices will update soon.

We now sell our famous TKTS Booth discounts online here at Official London Theatre.

We are now cancelling all performances up until and including 31 May 2020 to help us process existing bookings whilst we wait for further clarity from the government in terms of when we will be able to reopen.

We are so sorry that in these testing and difficult times you are not able to enjoy the show you have booked for and hope the following helps clarify next steps in respect of your tickets .

There is nothing that you need to do if your performance has been cancelled, but we do ask for your patience.

If you have booked directly with the theatre or show website for an affected performance, please be assured that they will contact you directly to arrange an exchange for a later date, a credit note/voucher or a refund. If you have booked via a ticket agent they will also be in contact with you directly.

We are processing in strict date order of performance, so you are likely to be contacted after the date you were due to go to the theatre. However, we want to reassure you that you will be contacted, and your order will be processed, but please do bear with us.

We’d like to thank everyone who has been patient and kind in dealing with their ticket providers so far and we are sorry that we cannot process your order as quickly as we would like.

Please do not contact your credit card company as that will slow the process down and put an additional burden on our box office and ticket agent teams.

In order for us to serve our audiences the best we can, please do not get in touch with your point of sale if you have booked for performances after 31 May. Please be reassured that if we have to cancel future performances you will be directly contacted by your theatre or ticket provider. Our producers continue to plan for all eventualities dependent on the individual needs of their shows and we will provide further updates on specific shows as and when they become available.

We look forward to welcoming you back into our theatres as soon as we are allowed to resume performances. In the meantime stay safe and healthy.

While theatres are currently closed, various venues and productions are making announcements for their individual shows, including cancellations and rescheduled performances. Please check with the individual shows for details.