Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
(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.
The Open Air Theatre in the London theatre scene - boasting not only an array of familiar faces and renowned productions, but also an atmosphere that cannot be matched anywhere else in the capital - regularly attracts a great deal of attention. As the name suggests, the venue is an open-air venture, which means that audiences sit under the stars within the confines of Regent’s Park and can witness some acclaimed pieces of work. With a seating capacity to rival many West End theatres, plus an array of other facilities that make it more than capable of accommodating a range of needs, it is certainly an exciting place to relish in the London theatre scene.
Despite being an outdoor venue the Open Air Theatre is a permanent fixture in the capital, springing to life in the summer to present some well known works. In the last decade this has included various pieces under two artistic directors: Ian Talbot, who finished his 25-year-long stint in 2007 with a production of “Lady Be Good”, and Timothy Sheader, who took over the year-after and presented “Romeo & Juliet” amongst his first productions.
Since then some highlights have included “Hello, Dolly!” and “Into the Woods”, with the latter featuring a cast incorporating Hannah Waddingham and Helen Dallimore, with Judi Dench lending her pre-recorded vocals to the role of Giant.
“Into the Woods”, of course, mixes various different fairy tales made famous by the Brothers Grimm, with a baker and his family the focus of the story. Characters like Jack and the Giant, plus Rapunzal and Cinderealla all make an appearance during the course of the show, which appeared at the Open Ait Theatre in summer 2010.
Audiences are always thrilled by the shows that are announced for the venue, whether it is the revelation that Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” would appear in 2010 or the announcement of “Lord of the Flies” in 2011.
So if it is a great show with an unforgettable atmosphere, the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park takes a lot of beating.
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