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Regent's Park Open Air Theatre 2023

The actors perform in both warm starry nights and stormy weather

Dates: May 10–September 3, 2023

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

The most unusual theatrical setting you can imagine is the lush Regent's Park at night. The theatre is situated in Queen Mary's Gardens, that is the Inner Circle of Regent's Park. It's a lovely area surrounded entirely by parkland. The Open Air Theatre operates in the summer season, usually between late May and early September. It counts 1,250 seats and stages legendary Shakespeare's masterpieces as well as comedies, dramas, and musicals created by modern playwrights.

The theatre is literally open—it's completely uncovered. Nevertheless, the show is always on in spite of weather conditions and is cancelled only in extreme circumstances. The only sheltered space may be found underneath the tiered auditorium. There you'll discover a fairly long bar stretching the entire length of the seating. The bar is one of the longest ones among all of London's theatres.

The theatre is actually not a new construction—it was founded back in 1932 by Robert Atkins and Sydney Carroll. Since then it has been rebuilt only once—in 1999. Regent's Park Open Air theatre inspired construction of a number of other open-air theatres around the world, namely Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre in Chester and the Maynardville Open-Air Theatre in Cape Town.

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