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Open-air theatre in London

Dig out the kagoul; London's open-air theatre is worth risking the rain for

David Jensen
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

Read our round-up of open-air theatre events for the summer ahead. You'll find London's best outdoor productions at venues as world-famous as Shakespeare's Globe, in parks as pretty as Regent's Park or at festivals as vibrant as More London Free Festival. Not sure what you'll need for an open-air theatre trip? Then don't miss our guide to all the practical open-air theatre info you could need.

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

On the Town

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre boss Timothy Sheader takes his love of musicals to the next level this seaso: a returning 'Jesus Christ Superstar occupies the traditional 'big' musical slot in August, but in 2017 the season kicks off with one two in the shape of Leonard Bernstein's classic 1944 ode to New York City – featuring the timeless 'New York, New York'.

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Regent's Park Open Air Theatre , Regent's Park Friday May 19 2017 - Saturday July 1 2017

A Tale Of Two Cities

As the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, Dickens' Victorian novel about social inequality feels as timely as ever. Or at least, that's what Regents Park Open Air Theatre are banking on with Matthew Dunster's contemporary adaptation.

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Regent's Park Open Air Theatre , Regent's Park Friday July 7 2017 - Saturday August 5 2017

Oliver Twist

'Please sir, can I have some more?' Workhouse orphan Oliver is best known for the 1960 musical of the same name. But Royal Court playwright Anya Reiss' family-friendly adaptation of 'Oliver Twist' should bring his story to a whole new audience…

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Regent's Park Open Air Theatre , Regent's Park Monday July 17 2017 - Saturday August 5 2017

Jesus Christ Superstar

Recommended

One of the many contradictions that underpin the life and career of Andrew Lloyd Webber is that his musical about Jesus is about a gazillion times more fun than his musical about cats…

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Regent's Park Open Air Theatre , Regent's Park Friday August 11 2017 - Saturday September 16 2017
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Shakespeare's Globe

Romeo and Juliet

As new boss of the ENO, American Daniel Kramer has been bringing a burst of rough and ready (and controversial) energy to the troubled opera house. So it's exciting to see what he'll make of one of Shakespeare's best loved plays. Rumour has it that the opening production in Emma Rice's second and final season at the Globe will be very full on. 

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Saturday April 22 2017 - Sunday July 9 2017

Nell Gwynn

There’s deliciously hammy acting in this production, plus Charles II’s throbbing English sausage and more sexual innuendoes than you can shake a pointy stick at. 

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Tuesday May 2 2017 - Saturday May 13 2017

Twelfth Night

Emma Rice's berserk, uninhibited take on 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' was one of the best things the Globe has staged in eons, making it doubly sad that she's leaving as artistic director so soon…

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Thursday May 18 2017 - Saturday August 5 2017

Much Ado About Nothing

After his explosive gangland reimagining of 'Cymbeline', last year's 'Imogen', Matthew Dunster is reimagining well-loved comedy 'Much Ado About Nothing'. It's a play that's famous for its pair of warring lovers, Beatrice and Benedick. Dunster's amped up the tension by relocating their sparring to 1910 Mexico, a country locked in revolution.

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Friday July 14 2017 - Sunday October 15 2017

King Lear

As artistic director of Shared Experience, Nancy Meckler is known for using physical theatre to imagine characters' inner lives. Shakespeare's tragedy 'King Lear', her debut Globe show, will throw up plenty of psychological complexities to work with. 

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Thursday August 10 2017 - Saturday October 14 2017

Boudica

The Globe is taking a break from all that Shakespeare with this fearsome new play by Tristan Bernays. As the name suggests, it's a look at the Celtic warrior queen who fought the Romans for the throne they denied her.  

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Friday September 8 2017 - Sunday October 1 2017
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Sophie

Would have paid double to see this. Was terrific. Love site specific open air theatre. Standing ovations from the whole audience!

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