Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is a permanent outdoor theatre that welcomes over 140,000 visitors each year during its eighteen-week season between May and September.
Established in 1932 and situated in the Inner Circle of central London’s famous Regent’s Park, the venue was curated after Benito Mussolini’s play about Napoleon’s life flopped at the Noël Coward Theatre, with a last-minute emergency production of Twelfth Night was put together. During wartime, the usual disadvantage of being outside played to their advantage as ‘bomb damage’ wasn’t a real threat to closure - it was one of two theatres that stayed opened during the war. After the war, the theatre's permanence was affirmed by new brick dressing rooms. By 1974, a box office and kitchen were built to accompany the venue.
The list of theatrical greats who have performed at this 1240 seat venue includes Vivian Leigh and Michael Gambon.
Today, the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre enjoys consistent success and is known as a unique and beautiful place in which to see Shakespeare plays, one-off concert performances and musicals, including award-winning productions of To Kill a Mockingbird and The Sound of Music, as well as Into the Woods, which won the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival and transferred to the Delacorte Theatre, Central Park, New York in 2012.
The 2016 sell-out production of Jesus Christ Superstar won the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival and Evening Standard Award for Best Musical, and the production returned to the Open Air Theatre for an extended engagement in 2017 ahead of a run at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in Spring 2018. The production played a season at the Barbican Theatre in 2019, ahead of a North American Tour.
Don't miss the 2020 season at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, catch some live theatre in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere and see four brand new productions: 101 Dalmatians, Romeo and Juliet, Dragons and Mythical Beasts and Carousel.
Whatever you decide to see at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, we wish you an entertaining and rewarding visit.
Tickets are non-refundable in the event of cancellation because of the weather but may be exchanged in accordance with the Weather Policy.