Regent's Park Open Air Theatre - CHS Rentals
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
by Cedric

This year the annual open air season will run between 13th May and 17th September. There will be four major productions, namely:-

  • 13th May to 12th June: Running Wild – an adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel about the adventures of a boy in the aftermath of a tsunami in Indonesia.
  • 17th June to 9th July: Henry V – Shakespeare’s play about the Battle of Agincourt with an actress taking the lead role of King Henry V.
  • 15th July to 27 August: Jesus Christ Superstar – the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.
  • 2nd September to 17th September: Pride and Prejudice – an adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel.

Founded in 1932 the theatre is located in Queen Mary’s Gardens on the Inner Circle of Regent’s Park. As a consequence it is surrounded entirely by parkland. The theatre is completely uncovered; the only sheltered area being underneath the tiered auditorium, which houses one of the longest bars of any theatre in London. The bar stretches the entire length of the seating. The theatre has a seating capacity of some 1250. Despite having one of the largest auditoriums in London, visitors say it is one of the most intimate of theatres. The Open Air Theatre is a particular favourite for productions of Shakespeare plays. Over the years many well known actors from the British stage have performed in productions there.

The theatre houses an extensive backstage area complete with green room for the company and technical team, a full wardrobe, makeup and wigs department, a workshop and paint-shop for the creation and maintenance of stage sets and numerous offices for stage management, sound and other crew.

Being open air, performances are dependent on the not-so dependable British weather. In the case of wet weather, the Met Office is called to determine the immediate forecast. The unpredictable nature of the weather adds an exciting element and makes the rapport between performer and audience uniquely special at every performance. Each evening provides a special and unique ambience and, before the performance, theatregoers often enjoy a picnic on the lawn or a Pimms in the bar as the fairy lights sparkle in the trees.

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