Regents Park Open Air Theatre has opened its gates since 1932. Now in its 80th season, it’s one of the most anticipated summer experiences . Located in Queen Mary’s Gardens on the Inner Circle of Regents Park, it’s completely surrounded by parkland. As London’s largest outdoor auditorium with 1,240 seats, over 130,000 people attend the four productions each year.
I’ve gone to Regents Park Open Air Theatre three times and loved each experience. It’s completely uncovered therefore performances are dependent on the not so dependable British weather. And out of those three times, it rained twice. But it’s all part of the experience. My first time was for a traditional Shakespeare play during the day and got the cheapest seats in the house. Really good production, but prepare for the audience to be filled with students.
My second time, was so much different. Going at night is a more intimate experience. Grab a bottle of wine, a picnic and a blanket and enjoy being surrounded by fairy lights and the sound of crickets. This time I saw ‘Into the woods’ a musical and comical take on several fairytales where Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood become entangled in the same story. A really good show, but what made it special was how they incorporated the setting of the park into the play by using the trees around the set as part of the production.