The Sound of Music


Outdoor theatre

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

Until Sat Sep 14 2013

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    The nuns

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    The children

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    Michael Xavier (Captain von Trapp) and the children

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    Michael Xavier (Captain Trapp) and Caroline Keiff (Elsa)

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    Michael Matus (Max)

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    Michael Matus (Max) and Caroline Keiff (Elsa)

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    Helen Hobson (Mother Abbess) and Charlotte Wakefield (Maria)

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    Faye Brookes (Liesl) and Joshua Tonks (Rolf)

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    Faye Brookes (Liesl) and Charlotte Wakefield (Maria)

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    Chloe Taylor (Sister Sophia), Helen Hobson (Mother Abbess), Helen Walsh (Sister Margaretta) and Nadine Cox (Sister Berthe)

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    Charlotte Wakefield (Maria) and the children

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    Charlotte Wakefield (Maria) and the children

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The nuns

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Let’s start at the very beginning… this production of The Sound of Music is sheer delight from start to finish. The static stageset manages to convey all the multiple scenes needed for this beloved musical set in Salzburg and the open air atmosphere in Regent’s Park only enhances this. Rachel Kavanaugh, directing, has kept in all the highlights of the film, although the order of songs differs and even adds new ones. Who’d have thought Uncle Max and the Baroness could sing?! Superb casting with Charlotte Wakefield as the irrepressible Maria and Michael Xavier as the yummiest Captain Von Trapp! Extended for an extra week, I urge you to get a ticket! This is better than whiskers on kittens!

Adam Harris

Amazing! Massive fan of Regents Park Open Air Theatre since discovering it last year and this production of The Sound of Music definitely didn't disappoint. Great staging, magical story, fantastic singers and wonderful kids made this another incredibly enjoyable evening at the open air theatre.


Great performances, and having grown up on the film, a breath of fresh air into what I know of the Sound of Music. The singers had wonderful voices, and did extraordinarly well, as during the performance I saw, the rain pelted down on the cast for the entire first half - from "raindrops on roses" onwards.

Tina Huggins

A wonderful heart warming production which uplifted the spirits on what was a very damp and miserable evening. Charlotte Wakefield was magnificent as Maria both beguiling and full of fun and the children charming beyond belief. This production was one of the best I have seen in recent years. Just a joy to see.

Jane Clarke

My mother and I (huge fans of the evergreen film version) enjoyed a magical evening at Regents Park yesterday, submerging ourselves in this latest version of Messrs. Rodgers and Hammerstein's masterpiece. Charlotte Wakefield's enthusiastic and lovable Maria had her audience captured from the first note and more than admirably carried the whole show despite rather soulless support from her counterpart lead, Michael Xavier's wooden and immature Captain von Trapp. Wakefield could have passed at times for Julie Andrews whereas Xavier - fine-voiced as he is - was light years short of Christopher Plummer. We would have liked the show to stick closer to the film version - some songs have been re-positioned and certain moments such as Maria's discovery of her love for the Captain worked less well than they did on celluloid - but the set was wonderful and there were some stunning performances in supporting roles such as Helen Hobson's splendidly strong and sympathetic Mother Abbess. The children did their bit - even if in a couple of cases with mechanical rather than heartfelt rendition - and the show can be recommended as a thoroughly enjoyable summer's evening out in London.


A superb production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's greatest hit.Wonderful acting, singing and dancing ..A perfect family entertainment for a summer afternoon or evening.Try to go in the evening if you can - the lighting effects are brilliant.Simple but highly effective staging and amazing costumes.Productions at OAT seem to improve every year.Another knockout show in this fairy tale venue.You simply must see this show.

Lily Kushner

It was amazing very one sung so brilliantly I enjoyed it so much the actors acted so well especially the children.

Susan Lesner

This is an amazing production!Everything works very well,the actors are brilliant,the singing superb,the costumes ,a pure 1st class evening out for young and the not so old !!!


A sensational show. The familiar songs have been re-imagined with interesting new harmonies and keys, and some rarely-heard numbers included as well. The dance choreography is clever and funny. The dialogue is tight and witty. Previews have been a sell-out and the show is on course to be a hit. The atmosphere in the auditorium is electric, and every night, people are reduced to tears with regular standing ovations at the end. A stunning achievement.

Derek King

Having prided myself on never having seen the film or any stage production, on the grounds of the film's reputation as being yuk-inducingly saccharine/schmaltzy (one of my university cronies c.1970 gained great credit from having - literally - thrown up in the cinema while watching it), I approached this with (persuasive) wife and some 10 friends with trepidation. But I was completely blown over, almost instantly. A wonderful (based on real life) story. No gratuitous sentimentality, great and creative set & staging, and wonderful performances: not just from the adults, but (unusually) from a set of children who looked as if their character's age was the same as their own, rather than the usual of older actors trying to act younger than they really are. Loved it unreservedly.

Valerie Richards

Sound of Music at Regents park Theatre was fantastic. I couldn't fault it - music, acting, costumes, even the weather (!) made it an absolutely wonderful afternoon. The political aspect was handled very well also, and the children were well rehearsed and sang and spoke very convincingly. See it before it goes!