The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess - Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

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Venue Information
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Regent's Park
Regent's Park

Seating Plan


(10 mins) Exit onto Marylebone Road and turn left. Past Madame Tussauds turn left into York Gate and follow York Bridge to the end. Pass through the large gates into the park and walk straight until you reach the theatre on your left.

Review Summary
Average Rating: 5 out of 5 stars based on 3 review(s)


Latest Review: "My wife and I were lucky enough to see this production in London this summer. From the first bar ..."

George Gerswin’s Porgy And Bess makes a triumphant return to the stage in 2014 with a short run of performances at the seasonal Open Air Theatre in London’s Regent’s Park. The show has appeared in the capital before, of course, with one example being the operatic production that appeared at the London Coliseum in 2012, but this time audiences will be able to pick up theatre tickets and see Gershwin’s story, set in the Deep South, appear at the open air venue under the direction of Timothy Sheader.

The version appearing at the Open Air Theatre is the musical version adapted by Suzan-Lori Parks and it will introduce new audiences to the story of Porgy, the crippled beggar who hopes to tame Bess, who otherwise faces a turbulent life. It is set in the American Deep South in a fictional area known as Catfish Row, whilst musical numbers include the famous Summertime, which became popular even outside the show in the years since it was written back in the 1930s.

Timothy Sheader, directing, is the Artistic Director of the Open Air Theatre and under his watch and array of stand-out productions have landed at the season Regent’s Park venue. The 2013 season included To Kill A Mockingbird (returning in 2014), whilst the 2012 season included A Midsummer Night’s Dream, among others. Another, 2011’s Crazy For You, which he also directed himself, transferred to the West End’s Novello Theatre on the back of impressive reviews.

The 2014 season at the Open Air Theatre also includes productions like Hobson’s Choice and Twelfth Night Re-imagined. Porgy And Bess takes to the stage from Thursday 17th July 2014.

Show Information
Booking From: Tuesday, 19th August 2014
Booking Until: Thursday, 21st August 2014
Show Status: production_closed
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