It is said that London is best seen during the summer months when the days are longer, the sun is shining...and the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre is open for business.

With the sounds of birds chirping nearby, the wind brushing at your face and tall trees towering above you, watching a theatre performance outdoors in The Regent's Park Open Air Theatre is an unforgettable experience that you will remember for a lifetime.

Boasting 1,250 seats and perched at the southern tip of The Regent's Park, this award-winning open-air theatre has become a London landmark since it was first constructed in 1932. Originally, the theatre was designed for Shakespearean performances and plays, but over the years the venue has expanded its productions to include musicals, acoustic gigs, film screenings, comedy shows, children's theatre performances, and much, much more.

Some of the biggest and most popular shows performed at the venue include Romeo and Juliet, Jesus Christ Superstar, Henry V, The Crucible, The Taming Of The Shrew and Into The Woods, and some of the many famous actors and actresses who once performed at the theatre include Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, Martha Wainwright, and Judi Dench; (just to name a few).

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Regent's Park Open Air Theatre Highlights

Whether you're hoping to be blown away by a classic Shakespearean performance, or even have something fun and unique to do with your children during a warm summer's day, there's bound to be some type of show at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre that will interest you.

The venue hosts a variety of theatre performances, music concerts and events throughout the summer which are constantly changing and evolving, so be sure to check the “What's On” section of their official website if you're visiting London during the summer months.

Besides sitting under the stars (during evening performances) or sun (during matinée performances) visitors can also dine in style at some of the many dining and drinking areas surrounding the venue (one being the longest bar in London's West End!), and even have a meal on the venue's picnic lawn amongst the stunning Regent's Park landscapes.

Special Tips

  • If you're worried about watching a performance in the rain or in cold weather, choose a matinée performance and look at the weather forecast before you book your tickets. However, be aware that London's weather can be unpredictable and can change at any given moment.
  • Don't worry about choosing a seat with a bad view, as even seats in the back row provide fantastic views of the stage thanks to the seat angles and venue layout.
  • To be on the safe side, you may want to bring a hat and sun cream (for matinée performances) and even a raincoat or towel to dry your seat in case it rains.