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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

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 Until Sunday July 31 2016

Macbeth

Dismembered limbs, ghostly chanting, smoke, and an unearthly soundtrack of bells: director Iqbal Khan has pretty much nailed the Scottish Play’s famous witches scene…

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Until 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 Thursday July 28 2016 - Sunday September 11 2016

River Stage

The National Theatre's River Stage returns to the South Bank for a month of live music, dance, performance, workshops and family fun…

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National Theatre , South Bank Friday July 29 2016 - Monday August 29 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 Until Saturday August 6 2016

The Wind In The Willows

The manicured surrounds of Kew's botanical gardens will become the Wild Woods of Kenneth Grahame's beloved children's story, in this outdoor performance. Australian Shakespeare Company will stage the tale of four animal friends messing about in boats, and adventuring on the riverbank.

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Royal Botanic Gardens Kew , Kew Until Sunday July 31 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 Until 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’…

Read more
Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Thursday July 28 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 Until Saturday August 6 2016

Macbeth

Dismembered limbs, ghostly chanting, smoke, and an unearthly soundtrack of bells: director Iqbal Khan has pretty much nailed the Scottish Play’s famous witches scene…

Read more
Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Until 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

Extravaganza Macabre

Loveably ramshackle theatre scamps Little Bulb christen BAC's new outdoor space The Courtyard with 'a tale of villany and valour' set in Victorian London…

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Battersea Arts Centre , Battersea Until Friday August 26 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.

Read more
Abney Park Cemetery , Stoke Newington Until Sunday July 31 2016

River Stage

The National Theatre's River Stage returns to the South Bank for a month of live music, dance, performance, workshops and family fun…

Read more
National Theatre , South Bank Friday July 29 2016 - Monday August 29 2016

Crime & Punishment: A Rock Musical

Er. Well look, if a musical version of Dostoyevsky's 1866 masterpiece about a student who wrestles with his guilt after killing a moneylender – with songs by Toyah Wilcox no less – were announced for the West End we'd probably break out into cold sweats pretty sharpish…

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The Scoop , London Bridge Wednesday August 31 2016 - Sunday September 25 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!