Outdoor theatre always brings the house down.
And London’s most iconic al fresco arts space, the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, is back open for business this summer.
The season kicks off with Romeo & Juliet directed by Kimberley Sykes, who’s been working with the Royal Shakespeare Company since 2012 – so yes, she gets Shakespeare. The star-crossed lovers will be played by Isabel Adomakoh Young (who spent summer 2019 performing with the RSC) and Joel MacCormack (who you might recognise from a wee thing called Wolf Hall).
Next up is a production of the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Carousel – it’s based on a 1909 play called Liliom, which is essentially a soap opera set at a carnival. It ran for almost 1000 shows when it was first staged, and has won dozens of awards over the years. Plus, it has bangers like “You’ll Never Walk Alone” (although, unlike at a football match, singing along is probably frowned upon here).
If you’re not a theatre buff, there’s plenty of other stuff going on too – there’s outdoor comedy gigs with the likes of Aisling Bea and Jimmy Carr, plus atmospheric screenings of Moulin Rouge! and The Shining courtesy of Luna Cinema.
Then, to top it all off, they’re staging two family shows: Anansi the Spider, bringing together West African and Caribbean folk tales, followed by an extraordinary interactive show called Dragons & Mythical Beasts. It basically brings fairytales to life with extremely real and “touchable” creatures from folklore, like the colossal stone troll; the mysterious Indrik and Japanese Baku; the majestic Griffin; and yes – the dragon.
There’s also bar on site, as well as a cafe, some covered dining, a grill, and a pre-theatre drinks service. They even have a dedicated lawn for picnicking, and you can bring your own food from home.
Which is good. Most theatres usually have a blanket ban.
NOTE: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s summer season runs from 17th June – 25th September. Tickets start at £17 for the films, comedy and kids’ shows, and £25 for Carousel and Romeo & Juliet. You can find out more, and book, at their website right HERE.
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre | Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1 4NU
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