The Regents Park Open Air Theatre
The Regents Park Open Air Theatre London Reviews
Open Air Theatre Jul 05, 2011
The Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is in the Queen Mary Gardens, one of the nicest parts of Regent’s Park, and stages Shakespeare, plays and musicals throughout the summer. As ever, I will try to review the venue rather than the play.
It has steeply racked seats above a good-sized stage. If you are at the top, you can see behind the staging, but the company were very good at staying in role even from behind the scenes so it doesn’t spoil anything. The sound and lighting systems are excellent, considering we were outdoors and it was pitching with rain. When I went, the play, costumes and stage designs were all excellent. You can’t mess around with technology too much outdoors, and it relied on the ingenuity of the set designers, which was excellent.
There is a lovely, long, and above all sheltered bar running below the seats. Decked with fairy lights, it must be magical on a sunny evening. On a rainy one it is just extremely welcome. It is expensive, even by local standards, but I think that is forgivable. The toilets are spotlessly clean.
We should note, of course, that this is the British Summer we are talking about. Rain is not unusual. The theatre will not close unless the weather is extremely bad, and won’t refund your ticket unless they decide to close. I watched a play in the pouring rain. So be prepared to bring a raincoat, something waterproof to sit on, something to cover your lap with, and preferably a spare warm jumper. There are few sights as funny as people in full costume from 1750 odd, with anoraks over the top, trying to push water off the stage with mops, and nothing brings Londoners out of their shells as much as the chance to complain bitterly about the weather, so this should not be viewed as an entirely bad thing.
Tickets are reasonably cheap, starting at around the £15 mark, and seem to be available on the day in most cases (which would at least allow you to decide on the basis of the weather forecast!). Disabled access wasn’t clearly marked, and I would recommend contacting them to check.
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