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 2019.
The Open Air Theatre has been delighting audiences since 1932, making it a revered summer fixture at one of the capital’s best-loved parks. 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.
The 2019 season has already been announced, with the Open Air Theatre putting on a wonderfully varied programme in clear defiance of the weather gods. For their opening gambit, they’re marking their territory with Our Town (May 16-June 8), a Pulitzer Prize-winning play from American writer Thornton Wilder.
Next up is a short-run collaboration with the English National Opera, as Hansel and Gretel (June 14-22) takes the stage. Perhaps the most eagerly-awaited performance is the Open Air Theatre’s yearly foray into Shakespeare – the ever-popular A Midsummer Night’s Dream (June 28-July 27) being particularly well-suited to an outdoor stage. The season rounds off with a stirring production of Evita (August 2-September 21), so don’t be surprised to hear Don’t Cry For Me Argentina echoing through Regent’s Park on a summer night.
The Open Air Theatre will also host one-off performances from Shappi Khorsandi, Nick Mulvey, and doctor-turned-comedian Adam Kay, whilst the Luna Cinema will stop by for a couple of outdoor cinema screenings. Yes, you may have to dodge the raindrops on a visit to Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, 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.
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