Read our round-up of open-air theatre events for the summer ahead. 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 More London Free Festival. Not sure what you'll need for an open-air theatre trip? Then don't miss our guide to all the practical open-air theatre info you could need.
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre boss Timothy Sheader takes his love of musicals to the next level this seaso: a returning 'Jesus Christ Superstar occupies the traditional 'big' musical slot in August, but in 2017 the season kicks off with one two in the shape of Leonard Bernstein's classic 1944 ode to New York City – featuring the timeless 'New York, New York'.
As new boss of the ENO, American Daniel Kramer has been bringing a burst of rough and ready (and controversial) energy to the troubled opera house. So it's exciting to see what he'll make of one of Shakespeare's best loved plays. Rumour has it that the opening production in Emma Rice's second and final season at the Globe will be very full on.
After his explosive gangland reimagining of 'Cymbeline', last year's 'Imogen', Matthew Dunster is reimagining well-loved comedy 'Much Ado About Nothing'. It's a play that's famous for its pair of warring lovers, Beatrice and Benedick. Dunster's amped up the tension by relocating their sparring to 1910 Mexico, a country locked in revolution.