Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Regents Park, London
Regent's Park, London NW1 4NP
- Baker Street Station (0.7 km)
- Baker Street Tube Station (0.7 km)
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19 reviews of Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in English
Stunning space. So fresh and exciting. And anywhere where you can picnic right before the show is a hit with me!!
Magical atmosphere with fairy lights, music, BBQ smells.
I’ve seen three musicals and one Shakespeare here over 3 years and the productions themselves are amazingly cast, incredibly directed and overall some of the best shows I have ever seen. And I’ve seen alot!!
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Had a lovely time at the Open Air Theatre today! Really fun venue that's obviously very different from your normal theatre ;D I find the tickets can be quite expensive, but I know I found a 2 for 1 deal for very good seats on the Telegraph website, so hopefully that's a normal thing :) Needs to be said, make sure you're dressed for the weather! My partner and I were a bit chilly during the end of our show since the sun had gone down.
Went to see Comedy of Errors - great space for show, but too hot in the sun. The best spot was to the left of the stage in the shade, and lots of people were cramming onto the shaded grass verge in front of the stage.
Would recommending visiting when the weather is good but not too hot - check weather forecast for some cloud!!!
It is a truly beautiful setting, and we were very lucky with the weather. Almost too lucky as it was so scorching hot we ended up having to switch seats halfway through as I was feeling faint and dizzy. So if you go in sunny weather take a big hat and sunscreen, I wasn't prepared for heat!
This is a absolutely magical theatre, I first saw a play here in 2005 and have to go back each year !
There is something special about seeing a play performed under the stars (hopefully no rain).
When watching a play the actors actually exit the stage directly into the trees, which act as a beautiful backdrop to the stage.
This theatre holds about 1200 and yet is so comfortable it feels like only a 100. A good long bar and food area along with picnicing !
If you get the chance to attend then do so you will not be sorry.
Been here a couple of times to watch the yearly open-air comedy. Had a great time both times.
We turned up early with our picnic with bubbly etc, ate that in the area outside the amphitheatre, getting refills for food and booze from the outlets under the seats.
The venue is lovely, outdoors under the stars with nature all around. Been lucky with weather every time so far. Recommend
We (Group of 8) went to see the last performance of ‘Hello Dolly’ by the Open Air Theatre company at Regent’s Park on Saturday.
Perfect weather for it which was lucky considering the summer we have had wasn’t the best.
Started the night with some wine in the park and then moved into the theatre enclosure. The theatre itself is an open auditorium with comfortable seating surrounded by trees and foliage which gives it it’s lovely space and excitement feeling. The bar and bar service was good, even when they were flooded during the interval period, price for a bottle of wine wasn’t too bad and this is one of those occasions when you can take a bottle back to your seat without feeling like a lush.
The stage was well thought out and cleaver considering the space factor, and performance was perfect and since it was their last night they really gave it their all. The standing ovation from the crowds was richly deserved.
The toilets clean and big enough to cope with the hoards of people during the interval.
In all this was a wonderful event, and I will be on the look out again for next year’s performances.
I was taken to the Open Air Theatre in Regents Park as a surprise, to see one of my favourite ever plays The Importance of Being Earnest.
I didn’t even know there was an open air theatre in the park until we rocked up that day, so it was like discovering a secret garden or a magical mystery land. With hedges instead of walls and lovely Pimms available it had all the makings of a perfect summers day out.
The auditorium itself turned out to be quite the heat trap, so whatever the weather, it’s worth going prepared for the best and the worst. Layer up, my friends, and pack sunnies as well as a brolly.
The set design was really clever and even as the rain started, stopped, started again and continued, the actors really played up to it (I suppose in a more serious play that would have been difficult though). It did get a little more miserable towards the end of the performance, akin to sitting in a cold shower fully clothed for over an hour.
Apparently photography of any kind is frowned on, which is a shame as it’s quite an unusual experience, and one you’d want to remember.
So; in conculsion: Go prepared. Choose a comedy. Be sly with your photography. And enjoy!
What an enchanting evening. Meander through the lovely Regent’s Park toward the left-hand corner boasting this lovely little platfrom. As you enter a parting in a hedge you’re dazzled with a leafy garden with fairy lights, picnic benches scattered lazily about with couples sharing bottles of wine and families dishing out from picnic baskets. Not knowing you could BYOB we sallied up to the counter for a bottle of wine given to us with a cooler and two plastic wine glasses. We opted for a burger from the little barbecue patiently bubbling in the corner and ate and drank until the show began.
We saw 'Much ado about nothing’, a very pleasant Shakespearean comedy. It was very entertaining with a solid cast who made fair use of the circular wooden stage.
Obviously being open air (for you and for the actors), the weather is a big factor in your evening and while it was a little cooler than we would have liked, even the rain held off to catch the last of the show.
Whether to woo the object of your desires or rekindle something that you know is there, do get yourself down to the open air theatre this summer.
A bit touristy. It’s a bit panto-esque, but an experience none the less. And all the actors tend to be solid, jobbing actors rather than some bird off that soap off the telly. You know the one. Really sh*te.
I’ve only ever been here once, but my one experience was brilliant. I went with my best friend to see A Midsummer Night’s dream and it was an incredible place for the play, which is full of magic. The play really came to life because of the movement of the big trees in the wind - it was just so perfect to be in a theatre that was alive with nature, which perfectly matched the setting of the play.
Even though it was raining a little bit, this didn’t bother us at all and added to the experience (though if it had downpoured I wouldn’t have been so happy!).
A wonderful venue, especially for the more magical plays.
i lived next to regent’s park for some years, and it has much to offer. its one of my favourite parks in London, and the open air theatre adds an extra dimension. i’ve seen a range of plays here, and overall its been most enjoyable. reminds me a little of Central Park’s Shakespeare in the Park summer series. Do book ahead and go with friends, since its most fun as a shared experience. theatre for the people!
I just love this open air theatre, however, I’d really recommend pre-booking quite far in advance if you want really good seats and it means that you’re relying on the weather as it’s an open air theatre ( the clue’s in the title !! ) and there is no protection from the rain because of it. However, the atmosphere is just wonderful and I’ve seen a few plays there now and wouldn’t plan a trip to london without a visit. As stated, for the best sound and views you should really book in advance for good quality seats as although I’ve never booked at the last minute and bought not so great seats, I could be a little disappointed without the great seats !!
One of my all time favourite summer theatres! This is a great evening out….you can have a picnic before the show starts in the park, and as long as its not raining, its unbeatable!
Unlike going to a normal theatre, everyone is very casual and wrapped up warm!
The stage is set up like an ampitheatre, and you can see it well from wherever you sit, and the productions are always good. I have seen loads of things here, from shakespear to musicals and have yet to be disapointed! (the best nights are when the moon sets behind the stage…..stunning!)
I agreed to see 'Gigi’ here last night with some work colleagues with a little trepidation, as I’d not been here before and didn’t know quite what to expect.
I needn’t have worried - it was wonderful. Starring Topol and Millicent Martin, with sterling support from Londa Thorson, Lisa O’Hare and Thomas Borchert, it was a very strong cast for an outdoor event, and it was packed. We took along some wine to make a whole evening of it, and the atmosphere was great.
Bear in mind that performances run on until around 22.30, so it can begin to get a little chillier later on, even in summer. Seat prices range from an excellent £10 to a more intimidating £40, but ours at £19 were absolutely fine.
Well worth doing - there aren’t many places in London you can get to see a cast like this for under £20.
I attended the matinee peformance of Twelfth Night last Saturday and had an amazing time. I was more lucky than Marzipan, the previous reviewer who attended the evening showing, because the weather was perfect during the day, borderline hot at times. The theatre was a really pleasant experience, good acoustics, and good variety of drinks, wine, snacks (strawberries and cream!) and even burgers and other grilled items that I didn’t get to peek at. The amphitheatre setup makes every seat in the house a good seat so I wouldn’t worry much if there aren’t any section A seats when you’re looking to go.
Now about the show itself: I found the majority of actors to be excellent, particularly the young lady that played the part of Cesorio/Viola. One actor that seemed to struggle a bit was the chap that plays her twin brother Sebastian. Of course, it can very well be that this is only because you can’t help comparing him against Cesorio, and he comes out the worse for it.
I wouldn’t say tonight was the warmest to go to an open air theatre, but I am so glad I went. Armed with two jackets, a scarf, and my knee-high socks, I walked through the stunning park to the theatre for the 8pm session of Twelfth Night.
Apart from the bits in Shakespeare in Love, I haven’t seen Twelfth Night before, but this production made me fall in love with the story…as well as laugh my pants off!
It was so well played out that not only could you understand the garbled language that Shakespeare adorned his works with, but the characters gave the words such meaning and emotion, it really was the first time I’ve felt like a play has come alive for me.
The auditorium is one of London’s largest and oldest outdoor theatres. It has proper seating with cushions, a set concrete stage, and the most toilets I’ve ever seen at a venue - there must have been about 20 women’s loos - great when the interval is only 15 minutes and you’re busting!
They also sell hot dogs, desserts, tea and coffee, alcohol, salads, you name it! If it rain they sell macs and blankets - by the way they say they make 94% of performances per season (not affected by the rain). Pretty good for London!
I imagine it will be more enjoyable in high summer without the chill factor, I will definitely be seeing Midsummer Night’s when it opens.
Twelfth Night: 4 June - 30 July 2008
Romeo and Juliet: 2 June - 2 August 2008
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: 8 July - 2 August 2008
Lerner and Loewe’s Gigi: 6 August - 13 September 2008
This feels like a “secret garden” amongst the often chaotic hustle of London. It is tucked away in the heart of Regent’s Park and offers performances throughout the summer. To cater for everyone’s needs, there are performances of Shakespeare, serious plays, comedys. The seating is basic but the compensation is sitting under the stars on a balmy, summer’s evening with the sound of birds and aeroplanes (the distraction won’t put you off but just add to the ambience) whilst listening to actors put their heart and soul into the performances. Tasty food and drinks are on offer, albeit a little pricey. This truly is a magical experience.
London is full of quirky performance venues but this is one of the most delightful of all. Located to the South West of the gorgeous Regents Park, the amphitheatre is beautiful. In summer the venue creates a startling magical atmosphere, with the plush surroundings hidden amongst trees and draped in fairy lights. There’s nothing quite like watching music or theatre outdoors on a summers evening. Food and drinks are varied and tasty. Tickets tend to be quite expensive but it is a great destination for London visitors seeking a memorable evening. Or hopeless romantics ;)
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