Welcome to our round-up of open-air theatre events and venues in town. 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 the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival. Not sure what you'll need for an open-air theatre trip? Then don't miss our guide to practical open-air theatre info, and be sure to check back here as soon as the weather improves for all the best open-air theatre in London.
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Those chilly summer nights are put to good use as Regent's Park Open Air Theatre teams up with English National Opera for an open air production of Benjamin Britten’s creepy operatic version of Henry James's ghost story about a young governess desperate to protect her charges from unearthly beings.
The summer wouldn't be complete without the Open Air Theatre's traditional big musical blowout, and this looks to be a real treat: the first major London revival in a decade for Howard Ashman and Alan Menken camp horror comedy musical about a hapless florist who raises a vicious plant that feats on human flesh
As if Michelle Terry wasn't giving herself a difficult enough job by kicking off her tenure at the Globe with an actor-led (ie there's no formal director) production of 'Hamlet', then she's having the same company of actors – including herself – tackle 'As You Like It' in a similar style, to run in rep…
Michelle Terry is opening her inaugural season at the Globe with a populist one-two of ‘Hamlet’ and ‘As You Like It’ that should get bums on seats no problem. But this is a bit more of a risk: Barrie Rutter – formerly of Northern Broadsides, and one of the few people in the Terry season to work with Emma Rice – tackles Shakespeare and John Fletcher's little-loved late romance 'Two Noble Kinsmen'…
Shakespeare addressed many of his sonnets to 'The Dark Lady'. But who was she? One likely candidate is Emilia Bassano, a published poet and member of court. Morgan Lloyd Malcolm's new play reveals a forgotten woman, and pulls her out from Shakespeare's shadow to reveal her life and work. Nicole Charles directs.
Matt Hartley's new drama is a fictionalisation of the remarkable true events that took place in the Derbyshire village of Eyam (pronounced Eem) in 1665, wherein the local Reverend William Mompesson took a series of remarkable decision to attempt to combat the spread of bubonic plague in the village and beyond…
Other open-air shows in London
This swashbuckling family show will fill the hidden gardens of St Paul's Church, in Covent Garden. Iris Theatre's gender-swapped adaptation of Dumas's novel follows plucky young d'Artagnan as she fights to become the first female musketeer. Sword fights, masked balls and and adventure ensue. Paul-Ryan Carberry directs.