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BWW TV: Sneak Peek of Rufus Bonds Jr., Nicola Hughes and More in Open Air's PORGY AND BESS!

Timothy Sheader's critically acclaimed production of Porgy and Bess which ends its strictly limited run at Regents Park Open Air Theatre on 23 August, draws on talent from both sides of the Atlantic, Rufus Bonds Jr plays Porgy and Nicola Hughes plays Bess, with Phillip Boykin as Crown, Cedric Neal as Sportin' Life and Olivier Award-winning Sharon D Clarke as Mariah. Check out highlights from the production below!

The full cast of Porgy and Bess also includes David Albury, Angela Caesar, Jade Ewen, Alex Giannini, Owain Gwynn, Tyrone Huntley, George Ikediashi, Claudia Kariuki, Arthur Kyeyune, Oliver Lidert, Leon Lopez, Jay Marsh, Tania Mathurin, Ellen O'Grady, Golda Rosheuvel, Yemie Sonuga and Marvin Springer.

Porgy, a crippled beggar, is devoted to taming wild Bess and saving her from a life of ruin. Yet new beginnings give way to temptation as Bess is haunted by the demons of her past.

Celebrated as a landmark piece of American theatre with iconic songs including 'Summertime', 'I Got Plenty of Nothing', 'I Loves You Porgy' and 'It Ain't Necessarily So', Porgy and Bess is directed by Regents Park Open Air Theatre's Artistic Director Timothy Sheader, with a book adapted bySuzan-Lori Parks and a musical score adapted by Diedre L. Murray, set and costumes designed by Katrina Lindsay and choreography by Liam Steel.

Porgy and Bess is part of the 2014 season at Regents Park Open Air Theatre which also included All My Son's, Hobson's Choice, Twelfth Night (Re-imagined for everyone aged 6 and over) and To Kill a Mockingbird runs from 28 August to 13 September prior to a national tour.

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Rufus Bonds Jr, Phillip Boykin and Cedric Neal are appearing with the permission of UK Equity, incorporating the Variety Artistes' Federation, pursuant to an exchange program between American Equity and UK Equity.

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