#38: Regents Park Open Air Theatre

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 […]

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.

The cheap seats at Open Air Theatre

The cheap seats at Open Air Theatre

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.

My third time at Regents Park Open Air Theatre, again was a completely different experience. This time I went to go see ‘Lord of the Flies’. Knowing it was going to be a dark and disturbing show, you got a chilling feeling when you walked in and saw the broken plane with clothing and luggage sprawled across the set. It was almost perfectly timed that when it started to get dark out and slightly chilly, was when the show turned into the violent, disturbing part of the play. Almost adding to this was the pouring rain that started just as the boys started to go tribal.  Wearing my garbage bag as a poncho and huddled under my blanket, it only made the show more gripping.

Open Air Cinema: Lord of the flies

Open Air Cinema: Lord of the flies

Come rain or shine, Regents Park Open Air Theatre is a really cool experience that offers you something different, every time.

Regents Park Open Air Cinema, Inner Circle, London NW1 4NR (Regents Park)

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