Catch A Show At London’s Favourite Outdoor Theatre

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Summer is the perfect time for a performance at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

London is rife with places to see terrific thesps tearing up the stage, but few are as charming as this one. Tucked away in a corner of Regent’s Park is an amphitheatre for the ages, which plays host to dramatic revelry throughout the summer. Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is a smashing spot for a summer evening, and they’ve lined up a great bill for 2018.

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The Open Air Theatre has been delighting audiences since 1932, making it a revered summer fixture. Over 140,000 flock to the park to watch performances each year, braving the best and worst of the British weather for a taste of drama.

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Last year’s smash hit Jesus Christ Superstar. Photo: @bunnysnowflake

One thing’s for sure, the Open Air Theatre is not short on confidence. For their opening gambit, they’re staging a return of their own acclaimed version of Peter Pan, in clear defiance of the weather gods. Bold moves, but seeing Neverland in the open air will certainly be a sight to see. It runs from May 17th until June 15th, and will presumably leave the punters Hooked on the Open Air Theatre.

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From then on, they’ll run a varied programme. A short run of The Turn of the Screw follows from June 22nd to 30th, before the sole Shakespeare entry arrives in the form of As You Like It, between July 6th and 28th. The season rounds off with Little Shop of Horrors, between August 3rd and September 15th, and then the earth-shaking spectacle of Dinosaur World Live, which will no doubt have a bite to it.

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The Open Air Theatre will also host one-off performances from comedians including Jimmy Carr, the Guilty Feminist, Simon Amstell, and Joe Lycett, while the Luna Cinema will be bringing a couple of outdoor cinema screenings to this charming London park. Yes, you may have to dodge the raindrops on a visit here. There’s no getting around that. But when al fresco theatre of this quality is on offer, you just have to treat yourself.

Location: Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1 4NU. Nearest stations are Regent’s Park and Baker Street. See it on Google Maps.
Opening hours: performances are usually 7:45pm, though matinees run occasionally at 2:15pm.
Price: tickets are priced in four bands, running from £25 up to £55. See the full list and book them here.
More information: visit their website.

Featured image: @londonproperty

Four more fabulous al fresco spots:

🍹 Selfridge’s Beautiful Roof Terrace
💙 The Prettiest Little Cafe In Little Venice
⛴ This Beautiful Floating Bookshop
🌲 Canary Wharf’s Amazing Covered Roof Garden

Alex Landon

Alex Landon

Although Alex spent most of his life in Somerset and Durham, London is (almost) in his name, so he relocated to the capital and fell in love with it. Now going by the moniker 'Secret Landon', you'll find him eating all of London's street food, lost in a bookshop, or shouting at his beloved ice hockey team, the Minnesota Wild.