Outdoor theatre is a stalwart of British summer, and some of the country’s best productions can be seen at the award-winning Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Rightly labelled “one of the capital’s most exciting spaces” by The Guardian, this pioneering theatre presents performances of exceptional quality against the beautiful backdrop of a Royal Park.
Established in 1932, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is one of London’s largest theatres, with more than 140,000 audience members visiting across its 18-week summer season. Its diverse productions regularly receive exceptional critical acclaim: Into the Woods won the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival; Hello, Dolly! won an Evening Standard Award and three Oliver’s; and record-breaking production Crazy for You transferred immediately to London’s West End, sweeping up two Oliver Awards on its way. The theatre is committed to reaching audience’s beyond its walls, too, with several productions touring the UK and Ireland after their runs in the Open Air Theatre.
This year’s productions are set to be equally impressive. Opening the season is one of Shakespeare’s finest comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, playing until 27th July. Suitable for ages 12 and over, this fantastical coming-of-age story full of passion, misunderstandings, mischief and mayhem, is dynamically reimagined in this production through live music, playful adventure and daring physicality: explore Shakespeare’s forests like never before!
The second production, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Time Rice’s Evita, plays from 2nd August to 21st September: this much-loved musical, exploring Eva Peron’s astounding journey from poverty to become the spiritual leader of a nation, includes musical favourites ‘Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina’, ‘Another Suitcase in Another Hall’ and Oscar-winning ‘You Must Love Me’.
Located just 1.5 miles away, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is a leisurely stroll or simple tube journey away from us at the Mercure Hyde Park. Book now to enjoy one of London’s exceptional summer highlights!