Open Air Theatre

The Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park has been a permanent feature since 1932, when three performances of Twelfth Night were staged to great acclaim. Ever since, summertime Shakespeare has become an established and much-loved highlight of park life and of London's theatrical calendar, with each season typically consisting of two Shakespeare plays and a children's show, performed in rotation by the same cast.

Between 1932 and 1960, Robert Atkins and Sydney Carroll produced almost all of Shakespeare's works here, as well as specially commissioned plays by authors including George Bernard Shaw. Audiences used to sit on deck chairs until the fully raked auditorium was built in 1975, incorporating 1,187 seats as well as bar and restaurant facilities.

The resident company is the New Shakespeare Company.

Open Air Theatre
Regents Park

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Transport / Accessibility
Nearest Underground: Baker Street
Nearest Rail: Marylebone
Bus Routes: 13, 18, 27, 30, 74, 82, 113, 139, 159