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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.

This month's open-air theatre shows

Greenwich and Docklands International Festival

If you're looking for free outdoor fun for all this summer, you'd do well to head down to Greenwich. The borough hosts the annual Greenwich and Docklands International Festival 2016 (GDIF) which brings together a brilliantly diverse line up of companies from all over the world…

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Various Greenwich Venues , London Until Saturday July 2 2016

Macbeth

The third new Shakespeare production in Emma Rice's inaugural Globe season is Iqbal Khan's 'Macbeth'. Ray Fearon will star as the eponymous Scottish noble, while Tara Fitzgerald will play his scheming wife, Lady Macbeth.

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Sunday July 3 2016 - Saturday October 1 2016

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’…

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Wednesday June 29 2016 - Sunday September 11 2016

The Taming of the Shrew

Critics' choice

You may have heard of William Shakespeare, he’s quite famous. But just because his name precedes him, does that mean that we should stick his plays on stages in 2016, even if they are sexist relics?  

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Friday July 1 2016 - Saturday August 6 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.

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St Paul's Church, Covent Garden , Covent Garden Monday June 27 2016 - Friday July 22 2016

Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare in the Squares is a new summer venture that'll bring the bard to London's manicured green spaces. Their 'Much Ado About Nothing' is set at the end of WWWI, where sparring lovers make for one of Shakespeare's wittiest comedies. Director Joe Hufton and designer Emily Stuart will work together to create a site-responsive performance that includes music, celebration - and depending on the square, a picnic too.

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Various locations around London , London Thursday June 30 2016 - Thursday July 14 2016

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

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.

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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.

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Regent's Park Open Air Theatre , Regent's Park Friday September 2 2016 - Saturday September 17 2016
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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’…

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Wednesday June 29 2016 - Sunday September 11 2016

The Taming of the Shrew

Critics' choice

You may have heard of William Shakespeare, he’s quite famous. But just because his name precedes him, does that mean that we should stick his plays on stages in 2016, even if they are sexist relics? 

Read more
Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Friday July 1 2016 - Saturday August 6 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.

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Sunday July 3 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…

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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…

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Saturday September 17 2016 - Sunday October 16 2016
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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.

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Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park , Mile End Sunday June 26 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 Monday June 27 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.

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

Alice In Wonderland

After the success of their 'Macbeth' and 'Doctor Faustus', Pandemonium Performance are returning to the atmospheric surrounds of Abney Park with a reimagining of Lewis Carroll's childrens' classic 'Alice In Wonderland'. The gravestones and overgrown thickets will play host to the weird and uncanny world that Alice encounters down the rabbit hole, in a promenade performance aimed at adults and children over 10.

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Abney Park Cemetery , Stoke Newington Wednesday July 13 2016 - Sunday July 31 2016

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Sophie
Sophie

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