There are few better ways to spend a balmy London summer night than taking in a performance at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. It offers a great alternative to traditional London theatres and an unusual evening out too.
As a hotel near the West End, we like to keep abreast of the London theatre scene and to keep our guests in the know. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a guide to the upcoming shows at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre:
The theatre’s auditorium is one of the biggest in London and is capable of seating 1,250 people. It also has the honour of being ‘the oldest, professional, permanent outdoor theatre in Britain’ according to its website. It began in 1932 with a performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in Regent’s Park and now it has a 16-week season of theatre, attracting more than 140,000 audience members annually.
This year the theatre will be staging JM Barrie’s Peter Pan, The Seagull, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and The Lord of the Flies. Many genres are represented across the programme, from drama to musical. While it is worth catching any one of these performances, we at Strand Palace Hotel are going to share a few of our picks of the season to help you narrow it down.
An open-air theatre is a fitting setting for renowned Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s play. The action revolves around the performance of an outdoor play in the grounds of a grand country property. However, it is the complicated lives and emotions of the characters that really drives the action. Actress Janie Dee, winner of an Olivier Award, will be starring in this production, so it looks to be a very promising performance this season. The Seagull runs from 19 June to 11 July.
The Lord of the Flies
This production has already received fantastic reviews from the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Times, making it one of the most hotly anticipated shows on the line-up. The play is directed by Timothy Sheader, who is responsible for well-received productions of To Kill a Mockingbird and The Crucible. The plot follows a group of boys who begin to turn against each other after they end up on island with no other people. Again, the outdoor setting lends itself well to the action of the play. Catch this production from 3 September to 12 September.
How to get there
Strand Palace Hotel is in central London, which means there a range of transport options nearby. It is very easy to get to the venue; our hotel is near Charing Cross Tube station, so just get on the Bakerloo line there and disembark at Baker Street. From there, it is less than 15 minutes’ walk to Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.
Looking for a hotel in London near Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre? Strand Palace Hotel is just a Tube journey away and is near the theatrical hub of London’s West End too.
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