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The Gershwins’ Porgy And Bess

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The Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre brings to life this powerful tale of love and betrayal as part of its 2014 season. Read More >

The Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre brings to life this powerful tale of love and betrayal as part of its 2014 season.

Directed by the venue’s Artistic Director Timothy Sheader, The Gershwins’ Porgy And Bess tells the story of a crippled beggar’s determination to tame Bess in an attempt to save her from a life of ruin.

The cast includes Rufus Bonds Jr (Porgy), Nicola Hughes (Bess), Phillip Boykin (Crown) and Sharon D Clarke (Mariah).

Hughes and Boykin return to their roles having appeared in previous productions of the musical. Hughes received an Olivier Award nomination for her performance in Trevor Nunn’s 2006 production, while Boykin was nominated for a Tony Award when in the musical’s recent revival on Broadway.

Clarke is best known for her musical roles in We Will Rock You and Ghost The Musical, for which she too received Olivier Award nominations, and American actor Bonds Jr comes to London following appearances in US tours of Parade and Disney’s The Lion King.

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Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 17/07/2014

Opening Night: 28/07/2014

Closing Night: 23/08/2014

Running time: 2h30

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Cast & Creative


Rufus Bonds Jr, Sharon D Clarke, Nicola Hughes, Phillip Boykin, Jade Ewen, Alex Giannini, Owain Gwynn, Leon Lopez, Cedric Neal, Golda Rosheuvel, Marvin Springer, David Albury, Angela M Caesar, Tyrone Huntley, George Ikediashi, Arthur Kyeyune, Oliver Lidert, Jay Marsh, Tania Mathurin, Ellen O'Grady, Yemie Sonuga


Director - Timothy Sheader

Producer - Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

Author - Ira Gershwin

Lyrics By - DuBose Heyward

Music By - George Gershwin

About Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Regent's Park, London, United Kingdom, NW1 4NR

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