The ordinary lives of ordinary people living in a small American town – it does not exactly sound like the most riveting theme in the world. However, Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Our Town focuses on exactly that, while managing to capture the attention and the mind of the viewer for long after the play has ended.
The play's meta-theatrical devices, with its setting of a theatre and its main character of 'stage manager', ensure that it sticks in the audience's mind. Our Town follows the citizens of the fictional Grover’s Corner between 1901 and 1913, exploring the bonds that hold the community together. Wilder traces, amongst others, the lives of young couple Emily and George, featuring marriage, death and all the little moments in between. The ordinary characters of the play demonstrate the beauty of what it means to be human, hopefully leaving the audience with a greater appreciation of life itself.
Now Our Town is coming to the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. The leafy outdoor setting will serve to emphasise Wilder’s discussion of the beauty of life, showing the audience that the ordinary is well worth appreciating. Casting for the new production, which will be helmed by Ellen McDougall (Ivan and the Dogs), is yet to be announced.
|What||Our Town, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre 2019|
|Where||Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, Inner Cir, Westminster, London, NW1 4NU | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Baker Street (underground)|
16 May 19 – 08 Jun 19, Monday - Saturday 7:45 PM | Thursday & Saturday 2:15 PM (gates open 90 mins before start)
|Website||Click here for more information and booking details|