Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

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Pride and Prejudice (2013)

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The Sound of Music (2013)

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Artistic director Timothy Sheader and executive director William Village

London's most beautiful theatre lies tucked away in the middle of Regent's Park

Founded in 1932, central London's most beautiful and secluded theatre is surrounded by Regent's Park on every side and is completely uncovered – so consequently open only between May and September each year.

Though its twinkling, manicured prettiness makes Regent's Park Open Air Theatre resemble something out of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', the volume of Shakespeare performed on its stage has dwindled from almost exclusively to fairly sporadically under long-serving artistic director Timothy Sheader. His seasons generally start with a gritty opener, have a populist classic in the middle, then climax with one of the big musicals that he's made his name with. Around that there's acoustic gigs, comedy and usually some kids' theatre.

Ticket prices are comparable to the West End, though the sightlines are good at most prices. There are cheap tickets available for younger audiences (including the BREEZE membership scheme, which offers £10 tickets for 18-25-year-olds), and concessions can buy £20 standby tickets prior to the day's performance (from 5pm for evenings and noon matinees).

Having no roof, rain does sometimes lead to performance cancellations: if this happens you can exchange your ticket for a future performance, but no refund is permitted.

The Regent's Park Open Air Theatre has plenty of food options, from a barbecue to picnic hampers, and the bar is the longest in any London theatre.

If you're interested in theatre history, the Open Air Theatre's archives are available to view online at and contain images galore of former company members include Benedict Cuberbatch, Judi Dench and Ralf Fiennes.

Venue name: Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Address: Inner Circle
Regent's Park
Transport: Tube: Baker St
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  • West End Until Sunday June 12 2016
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  • Shakespeare Friday June 17 2016 - Saturday July 9 2016
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  • Musicals Friday July 15 2016 - Saturday August 27 2016
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  • West End Friday September 2 2016 - Saturday September 17 2016
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Vishaal V

Fantastic venue! Definitely one the best in London in the summer. There us a good variety of plays on each summer season (which runs from May to September) and so there is usually something for everyone. 

Do arrive early to take advantage of the lovely picnic area that surrounds the theatre - only accessible to ticket holders so worth taking advantage of this - you can bring your food and drink in to this area for a pre-theatre picnic. 

Do bring a jacket for evening performances - it certainly gets chilly post-interval. 

Lizzie W

An amazing venue with a good view of the stage even from the very top and to the far side. The seats are pretty comfy with plenty of leg room. The outside space is decked with fairy lights so looks very pretty and there is plenty of places to eat - picnic, bar and bbq.We went to see Lord of the Flies which was a perfect play for the setting. Set, lighting and music amazing however wasn't a fan of the actors.Will definitely be back next year. Fingers crossed for a sunny evening like the one we had in September! #TOTastemaker

Lisa R

Visited yesterday afternoon to see their production of Lord of the Flies. The theatre is in a beautiful setting in the middle of glorious Regents Park. We were very lucky with the weather yesterday-perfect for an outdoor performance. As soon as we took our seats-I had paid £48.00 for my adult ticket and £25.00 for my 15 year old daughter's-we were blown away by the amazing set on the stage. The back quarter of an full-sized airline jet; dozens of battered suitcases; clothes strewn all around-fabulous. The performance lasted for two and a quarter hours and all of the audience were hooked by the brilliant acting from 12 young boys. Not a murmur throughout. The staged fights-really believable-the clever use of slow motion action-the atmospheric score-all truely fantastic.

We had heavenly Rosskilly ice creams in the interval. There is a very good selection of interesting food and drink to purchase-lots of people were having delicious looking picnics organised by the theatre in the adjacent gardens. I also noticed a barbecue which was very popular.


A lovely venue for a warm summers evening!

This is a great venue to watch a play on a warm summers evening. It is especially good if the play is set outdoors. The bar is good too and it has a barbecue area. Watch out if it rains though because the show will go on!


All my days!! I have the time of my life everyday in the theatre. I like the open air!!