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Open-air theatre in London

The best open-air and outdoor theatre shows in London this summer

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It’s all about outdoor entertainment this summer, but some of London’s finest cultural establishments have been doing the alfresco thing for years. 

The titans of outdoor theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe and Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre will be back with full seasons starting in May and June respectively. While the ever-reliable and ambitious Greenwich and Docklands International Festival returns in a later-than-usual slot this August.

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Outdoor theatre in London this month

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  • Regent’s Park

Timothy Sheader’s phenomenal revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1945 musical classic doesn’t so much reinvent ‘Carousel’ as blowtorch away three-quarters of a century of chintz to reveal the greatness underneath…

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Outdoor theatre in London this summer

May 19-Oct 30

The Globe has been offering Shakespeare under the stars since, well, the seventeenth century, and this year is no different. On the schedule are ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘Twelfth Night’, ‘Romeo & Juliet’ ‘As You Like It’ and ‘The Tempest’, and there will be seats in the traditionally standing-room-only Yard until at least July 4. Night owls can book for one of the Midnight Matinees, which begin at 11.59pm.

Jun 17-Sep 25

It’s business as usual for the OG of outdoor performance, well, apart from some mega new anti-Covid measures, of course. Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is planning a full season of plays, musicals, comedy and kids’ shows for its stunning leafy amphitheatre. Book now for ‘Romeo & Juliet’, ‘Carousel’ and stand-up from Jimmy Carr, Aisling Bea and others.

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