5 Love It
Save it

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.

This month's open-air theatre shows

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Critics' choice

‘Did Emma Rice send you?’ spits Lucy Thackeray’s Tina Quince as Margaret Ann Bain’s Philostrate tries to confiscate her tambourine. ‘I’ll have you know this was given to me by Mark Rylance’…

Read more
Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Until Sunday September 11 2016

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

Henry V

In a move that's gratifyingly less controversial in this day and age, Michelle Terry – one of our finest Shakespeareans – will play Shakespeare's young king.

Read more
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre , Regent's Park Friday June 17 2016 - Saturday July 9 2016

Jesus Christ Superstar

Look busy, Jesus is coming! It's impossible not to get the tunes to this musical stuck in your head and canny programming for those carefree summer months. Timothy Sheader takes the helm with Declan Bennett – original lead for the UK production of 'Once' – playing the messiah.

Read more
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre , Regent's Park Friday July 15 2016 - Saturday August 27 2016

Pride and Prejudice

This is the review from the 2013 production. Pride & Prejudice returns to the Open Air Theatre in September 2016. There’s only one sensible way to stage Jane Austen’s seminal 1813 novel. And that is to make it very silly indeed.

Read more
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre , Regent's Park Friday September 2 2016 - Saturday September 17 2016
See more on open-air theatre in London

Shakespeare's Globe

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Critics' choice

‘Did Emma Rice send you?’ spits Lucy Thackeray’s Tina Quince as Margaret Ann Bain’s Philostrate tries to confiscate her tambourine. ‘I’ll have you know this was given to me by Mark Rylance’…

Read more
Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Until Sunday September 11 2016

Macbeth

The third new Shakespeare production in Emma Rice's inaugural Globe season is Iqbal Khan's 'Macbeth', riding high off his acclaimed RSC 'Othello', in which he boldly recast both Othello and Iago as black men. Ray Fearon will star as the eponymous Scottish noble, while Tara Fitzgerald will play his scheming wife, Lady Macbeth.

Read more
Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Saturday June 18 2016 - Saturday October 1 2016

946 The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

Emma Rice brings her former company Kneehigh to the Globe for the second time this summer with this big, boisterous, music-filled show adapted from a 2006 novella by 'War Horse' man Michael Morpurgo…

Read more
Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Thursday August 11 2016 - Sunday September 11 2016

Imogen

Famously, the only Shakespeare play Emma Rice had directed prior to taking change of the Globe was an anarchic RSC 'Cymbeline' back in 2006. So it's interesting that the play has reappeared in her first season at the Globe, albeit under a different director – Matthew Dunster – and more interestingly, a different name…

Read more
Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Saturday September 17 2016 - Sunday October 16 2016
See more on open-air theatre in London

Other Open-Air Theatre Shows

Circa: Depart

Top notch Australian circus company Circa's latest performance will be an ethereal look at the space between life and death, staged in Tower Hamlets cemetery. Part of LIFT Festival 2016.

Read more
Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park , Mile End Thursday June 16 2016 - Sunday June 26 2016

West End Live

Get ready for outdoor dancing and sing-a-longs with the best of the West End's musical theatre stars: West End Live is back…

Read more
Trafalgar Square , Covent Garden Saturday June 18 2016 - Sunday June 19 2016

Much Ado About Nothing

Outdoor theatre specialists Iris Theatre return for their annual stand in the grounds of the Actors' Church with a promenade production of William Shakespeare's sparkling comedy about court politics and bickering lovers.

Read more
St Paul's Church, Covent Garden , Covent Garden Wednesday June 22 2016 - Friday July 22 2016

Treasure Island

The classic adventure story by Robert Louis Stevenson gets a lively staging from Iris Theatre. An outdoor promenade experience leads kids and families through a thrilling voyage of piracy and peril.

Read more
St Paul's Church, Covent Garden , Covent Garden Tuesday August 2 2016 - Saturday August 27 2016

Comments

1 comments
Sophie
Sophie

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