A concert production of Jesus Christ Superstar will run at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre this summer.
70 performances will take place over six weeks from August 14, it’s been announced.
Both the cast and crew will follow social distancing regulations with capacity reduced to 390.
Tickets for the 90 minute show will go on sale on July 21.
Executive director William Village said: “Following the government’s announcement last week that outdoor theatres may re-open, we have been working around the clock to find a way to open in August and September this year. With social distancing, seating capacity has been dramatically reduced to 390 seats (down from 1,256).
“This makes producing any large-scale show economically extremely challenging, particularly as we are an unfunded organisation. Nevertheless, both for us as a venue, and the industry as a whole, we believe it is incumbent upon us to do everything possible to re-open this year, and we’re delighted to announce this special concert staging of our award-winning production of Jesus Christ Superstar.”
Artistic director Timothy Sheader added: “It has been, and continues to be, an incredibly challenging time for everyone working in the theatre industry.
“Whilst the arts sector awaits details of how the government’s support package will be disseminated, I’m heartened that we have been able to start work again with a number of our colleagues and to employ over 140 people including 70 performers and freelancers, at least for a brief period this summer.”
Casting is to be confirmed.
Featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, Jesus Christ Superstar is a 1970 rock opera that is loosely based on the final week of Jesus’ life.