On the Town

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Olivier Award-winning choreographer Drew McOnie directs On the Town, set to be Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s biggest musical yet. Featuring a well-known score by Leonard Bernstein, On the Town includes songs such as “New York New York” and “Lonely Town”. Following three American sailors as they meet three very different women, this toe-tapping, heart-warming musical is not to be missed.
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Booking from 19 May 2017 until 1 July 2017

A Tale of Two Cities

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Timothy Sheader directs A Tale of Two Cities as part of the Dickens Uncovered season at the Open Air Theatre, celebrating the life of novelist Charles Dickens. Catapulted into East London, this brand new production reimagines doomed antihero Sydney Carton as a member of the infamous 27 Club. A Tale of Two Cities opens July 2017.
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Booking from 7 July 2017 until 5 August 2017

Oliver Twist

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Oliver Twist plays at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre for a limited summer season, as part of a Dickens Uncovered duo. Adapted by Anya Reiss from Charles Dickens’ famous Victorian novel, the well-known tale of orphan Oliver is re-imagined to make it suitable for all those aged six and over. Directed by Caroline Byrne (The Taming of the Shrew), Oliver Twist guarantees to leave audiences on the edge of their seats.
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Booking from 17 July 2017 until 4 August 2017

Jesus Christ Superstar

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Timothy Sheader’s award-winning Jesus Christ Superstar returns to Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre for a limited 41 performances. Featuring choreography from Olivier-Award winner Drew McOnie, this high-octane, epic production received huge acclaim, as well as the Evening Standard Award for Best Musical Production. With songs such as “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” and “Gethsemane”, catch Jesus Christ Superstar at its original home while you still can.
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Booking from 11 August 2017 until 16 September 2017

The Seagull

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Booking from 11 October 2017 until 4 November 2017

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History

The Regents Park Open Air Theatre opened as a makeshift theatre in 1932 in order to stage a production of Twelfth Night. The theatre was such a success that the next year a full season was presented.

Up until the Second World War, the theatre saw productions such as George Bernard Shaw’s The Six of Calais (1934), a reprise of Twelfth Night (1934) and showcased Vivien Leigh as Anne Boleyn in Henry VIII (1936). However during the war, due to enforced blackouts, the theatre could only host matinee performances. That said, the Open Air was one of a small minority of theatres that stayed open throughout the entirety of the war.

Up until the later end of the century the theatre tended to only present Shakespeare texts, however in the modern era it has now become the trend to present one Shakespeare production alongside a more modern text or musical.

Famous actors/actresses who have performed at the theatre include Felicity Kendal, Wayne Sleep, Judi Dench, Zoë Wanamaker, Toyah Wilcox and in more recent years Benedict Cumberbach, Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Irons and Sheridan Smith.

Recent notable productions have included Into The Woods (2010), Lord of the Flies (2011), A controversial re-imagining of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2012), Ragtime (2012), To Kill a Mockingbird (2013) and The Sound of Music (2013).

To Kill A Mockingbird was so successful in 2013 that it was reprised at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in 2014. The show is set to transfer to the Barbican in 2015.

2014 also saw productions of Porgy and Bess and Hobson's Choice. 

2015 brought productions of Peter Pan, The SeagullSeven Brides for Seven Brothers and Lord of the Flies. 

Past Shows

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Jesus Christ Superstar
(closed 27 Aug 2016)
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Running Wild
(closed 12 Jun 2016)
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Seven Brides For Seven Brothers
(closed 29 Aug 2015)

 
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The Seagull
(closed 11 Jul 2015)
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Peter Pan
(closed 14 Jun 2015)
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The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
(closed 23 Aug 2014)

 
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Hobson's Choice
(closed 12 Jul 2014)
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All My Sons
(closed 7 Jun 2014)
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The Sound Of Music
(closed 12 Sep 2013)

 
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Pride And Prejudice
(closed 20 Jul 2013)
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Ragtime
(closed 8 Sep 2012)

A Midsummer Night's Dream Open Air
(closed 5 Sep 2012)