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

Regent's Park

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.

Venue name: Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Contact:
Address: Inner Circle
Regent's Park
London
NW1 4NR
Transport: Tube: Baker St

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  • Until Saturday July 11 2015
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  • Thursday July 16 2015 - Saturday August 29 2015
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  • Big-name talent Sunday August 2 2015 - Saturday November 14 2015
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  • Thursday September 3 2015 - Saturday September 12 2015
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Maria

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