A Tale of Two Cities Reviews - Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

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Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
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: 1 out of 5 stars based on 4 review(s)


Latest Review: ""It was the best of times it was the worst of time"IT WAS THE WORST OF TIMES What have my ..."

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    Thursday, 3rd Aug 2017 by Teresa

"It was the best of times it was the worst of time"

IT WAS THE WORST OF TIMES What have my friend and I just watched ? We went to see Tale of two Cities two weeks ago which was postponed due to weather. Today we returned with our new allocated tickets to watch a Tale of Two Cities( I wished it had rained again!)

We both have brain ache? The positives are that the staging was very clever and the actors were first class .

The negative is all the rest . the plot , the mix with classic and new ( Chares Dickens is probably turning in his grave) the music , the comparisons between two eras.

Not suitable for a family with children . Lots of people left half way through .

Such a same as we both have enjoyed previous plays at Regents park open air theatre.

We don't know how to describe it to friends who will ask about it and we cant recommend it .

Both of us found that just when we started to get the gist of the play a curve ball was delivered and we both lost the plot.

Second half does bring it all together but very exhausting.

Never worked so hard watching a play

    Saturday, 15th Jul 2017 by Andy Moreton

I have been a member of the Open Air Theatre for about twelve years, and this was by far the most tedious and pretentious production I have seen there.

What is it with Dunster (writer) and Sheader (director) that they think the hard-up theatregoer would willingly fork out £40 on a summer evening to sit through nearly three hours of spurious comparison between Revolutionary France and 21st Century UK? In his programme notes, Dunster even brings the NHS and Grenfell Tower into the equation. Give us a break.

Back in 2009 (two years into Sheader’s reign), the summer programme consisted of The Importance of Being Earnest, Hello Dolly and a traditional production of Much Ado About Nothing. Solid grown-up entertainment across the board (with, incidentally, a £4 programme that covered all three productions). No politics, no swearing, no violence. As Sam Goldwyn is reported to have said: ‘If you have a message, call Western Union.’

    Tuesday, 11th Jul 2017 by Regular theatre goer

This show tried to mix Dickens with modern day and ruined a classic novel in the process. Hence the play seems disjoined and confusing. The ending should be powerfull and heart-wrenching but the emotional scene is broken by a sketch at a modern day border control, staring a gun carrying policeman, which completly breaks the mood.

    Tuesday, 11th Jul 2017 by LondonGrl2017

A vulgar, violent production not suitable for younger audiences. Shocked that there was no warning on the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre description. (They have since added a note about strong language.) But it is more than strong language. There is a rape scene. Noted that all the people with children ran out after this. And many people left during intermission.

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Booking From: Friday, 4th August 2017
Booking Until: Saturday, 5th August 2017
Important Info: Please note that the contemporary framing of this production includes moments of violence and the use of strong language.

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